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Gearing up for the voting rights battle

The union is also beefing up its voter registration efforts, with the goal of raising its 70 percent rate of nationwide union registration to 75 percent, Greene said. That would account for about 400,000 more union voters across the country.

“What’s at stake is that to the extent the Republicans are successful at making it more difficult for supporters of Obama to vote, it makes it that much more difficult for him to succeed,” Podhorzer said. “That’s an open secret.”

“The right wing has figured out that one of the ways to win elections is to knock out voters, particularly people of less means who are not necessarily poor, but poorer, and older and younger — especially younger — and those attacks are worse than they’ve ever been,” said Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America.

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