U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder / Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department joined challenges to voting rights laws in Wisconsin and Ohio on Wednesday, asserting that the measures imposed "significant barriers to the most basic right of our democracy.''
In the Wisconsin case, Justice filed a brief in support of a federal court ruling against a measure requiring voters to present photo identification before casting ballots. In Ohio, the department supports a challenge to restrictions on the term of early voting.
"These two states' voting laws represent the latest, misguided attempts to fix a system that isn't broken,'' Attorney General Eric Holder said. "These restrictive state laws threaten access to the ballot box.''
The Justice actions are the latest since last year's Supreme Court ruling that struck down a major provision of the Voting Rights Act used to monitor states with a history of discrimination.
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