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    Holder: Give Ex-Felons the Vote

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30:  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a press conference announcing Department of Justice plans to sue North Carolina over Voter ID regulations at the Department of Justice on September 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Under the new law North Carolina residents are required to show a photo ID at polling places which some believe threatens the voting rights of minorities.   (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

    Kris Connor

    Nearly six million Americans are kept from voting due to former incarcerations, and Eric Holder wants that to change. At a Georgetown University symposium on Tuesday, the U.S. attorney general compared the laws keeping ex-felons from voting to "a time of post-Civil War discrimination," saying they disproportionately marginalize minority communities. The laws, Holder noted, "have their roots in centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear.” 

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