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Thursday, January 13, 2011
By:The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana departments aren't complying with a federal law that requires public assistance agencies that serve low-income residents to offer them voter registration, a civil rights group said Wednesday.
Lawyers representing the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP sent a complaint letter to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health and Hospitals, asking for corrective action.
"By defaulting on its obligations under the law, Louisiana is denying substantial numbers of eligible low-income and minority voters equal access to the ballot box," said Dale Ho, a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.