Al Sharpton talks voting rights in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is joined MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton for a voter forum in Columbia.

The event was held Tuesday, on National Voter Registration day.

Clyburn said the rally gave him a chance to talk about how hard blacks had to fight to win the right to vote without restrictions in this country. Sharpton spoke out against voter ID laws.

"They are saying that we don't care what the federal government says. We have our own rules for voting. We have our own rules for healthcare. We have our own rules for how to educate. And if you do not vote, you are conceding to what your grandparents would not concede to."

Students from Allen University and Benedict College also attended. A voter registration drive was also held.

South Carolina's new voter ID law is being evaluated by the U.S. Justice Department.

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