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First lady: Voting rights is ‘movement of our era’

First lady Michelle Obamwaves as she is introduced onstage address Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 42nd Annual Phoenix Awards dinner Saturday

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she is introduced onstage to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 42nd Annual Phoenix Awards dinner Saturday in Washington. | Cliff Owen~AP

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WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama says protecting the right to vote has become the nation’s most important civil rights issue.

She told a gathering of black lawmakers and leaders that they owed it to those who fought and died for equal rights in the 1960s to make sure every voter can freely cast a ballot.

Her comments at an annual awards banquet for the Congressional Black Caucus came amid a push in more than a dozen states to pass laws requiring voters to show ID at the polls.

Critics say the laws unfairly harm minorities, poor people and college students — all groups that tend to vote Democratic.

Comparing it to the civil rights movement, Obama calls voting rights “the march or our time” and “the sit-in of our day.”



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