Michelle Obama Speaks on Voting Rights
WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama says protecting the right to vote has become the nation's most important civil rights issue.
Her comments at the annual Congressional Black Caucus awards come in response to 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.
The first lady claims that they owe it to those who fought and died for equal rights in the 1960s. 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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