Jesse Jackson calls voter ID law new poll tax

Rev. Jesse Jackson / FILE

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the new voter ID law in South Carolina amounts to a "poll tax" designed to discourage voting.

The Greenville native spoke in his hometown Monday and said the voter ID requirement will make it harder for senior citizens and students to participate in elections.

Jackson says the new voter ID law could reduce votes that would have been crucial in close elections

He held a news conference with members of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition to talk about several issues facing the poor.

Jackson says he hopes presidential candidates campaigning in South Carolina will talk about unemployment, the declining number of doctors taking Medicaid patients, the problems of family farmers and the working poor.

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