The AFL-CIO announced on Tuesday its intention to fight back against what it said are unprecedented attacks on voter rights, including the launch of the My Vote, My Right campaign and a coordinated effort among several civil-rights and advocacy groups.
Voter-identification laws and strict registration rules are "widespread efforts to silence the voice of working people," Arlene Holt Baker, the executive vice president for the labor union, said at a press briefing.
The AFL-CIO was joined by the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, and Generational Alliance, who together represent a combined effort to increase voter registration and turnout among the working class, Hispanics, African-Americans, and young voters.
"What we're facing is a coordinated effort to block the vote," said Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, blaming a "highly partisan" group of governors who "simply decided to do whatever they can" to suppress targeted demographics.
Jealous added that the NAACP's goal was not only to increase voter education and turnout for the November elections but also to look forward to 2013, when he estimated there would be a "tidal wave" of attempts to pass more laws that would have the effect of suppressing voter turnout.