ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The NAACP is vowing not to let recently-enacted voter ID laws suppress turnout in the 2012 election among minority, student or elderly voters.

The civil rights organization has joined with other groups including the nation’s black fraternities and sororities and black clergy to launch “This Is My Vote,” a nonpartisan, national voter registration push at Clark Atlanta University this week. The NAACP has a goal of registering thousands of voters during the spring, summer and fall.

NAACP President Ben Jealous says such laws in states like Georgia are part of a backlash against the record voter turnout that led to the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first black president.


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