Biden: 'Immoral' to Make it More Difficult to Vote

The vice president wades into the voting rights debate.

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Vice President Joe Biden delivers the keynote speech at the Michigan Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Detroit, Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Vice President Joe Biden delivers the keynote speech at the Michigan Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Detroit, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Vice President Joe Biden is leading the charge again.

Biden has been a path-breaker for President Obama on a number of issues in recent months, including gun control and trying to find a budget compromise with Congress. On Tuesday, he focused on voting rights.

"To me, it is the most immoral, callous thing that can be done – the idea of making it more difficult to vote," Biden told the annual dinner of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which focuses on minority issues.

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Biden said that more than 180 bills were introduced in 41 states during 2011 and 2012 in an effort to impose more stringent voter identification procedures and other measures to make it more difficult to cast ballots. Some analysts say these measures disproportionately depress the vote among minorities and the poor.

"If they keep this up, you can be assured, minorities of all stripes will never vote for anyone who makes it more difficult for them to exercise the right to vote," Biden said, apparently referring to Republicans. His remarks were reported by Politico.

Biden has long history of working for civil rights and voting rights.

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