Bill Clinton: GOP Voting Crackdown Worst Since Jim Crow
Benjy Sarlin | July 6, 2011, 6:04PM
Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on Republican efforts in several states to pass new restrictions on voting, comparing the measures to the Jim Crow laws of the past.
“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” Clinton said in a speech at a Campus Progress conference in Washington.
He specifically called out Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) for trying to reverse past precedent andprevent convicted felons from voting even after they’ve completed their sentence.