President Obama blasts GOP over restrictive voting bills

On Friday, President Barack Obama slammed the GOP for passing legislation making it more difficult for some to vote.

The president spoke at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network held in Manhattan and he accused the Republican Party of "making it harder, not easier, for people to vote," reports The New York Times. "The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago."

In swing states, the GOP has done its best to introduce and pass legislation that has made it more difficult for some to actually vote, such as by limiting how long polls can be open, especially during weekends, increasing requirements when registering to vote and other changes. Limiting weekend poll hours will especially hurt lower-income voters who work during weekday poll hours.

According to Politico, Obama said that he backed Attorney General Eric Holder's move to have voting rights cases be put front and center. He noted, "There's a reason the agency he runs is called the Department of Justice."

The GOP claims that the introduction of such legislation is meant to try and counter voter fraud, such as laws in Kansas and Arizona that require proof of citizenship to be shown before being allowed to register or cast a ballot.

Obama poked fun at those requirements, which were held up in court, noting that though he might know where his birth certificate is, others aren't so fortunate.

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