The Washington Examiner reports that President Barack Obama, concerned that his supporters will be turned away at the voting booths during early voting, is offering legal assistance to those who encounter obstacles at the polls.
He made the statement during an interview on Thursday with American Urban Radio Networks: “If people have problems voting, we can solve those problems. We’ve got lawyers all across the country.”
Urging supporters to vote early, as the president himself did in Chicago last week, he told black radio host April Ryan that voters should contact his campaign if they are prevented from voting. “If you try to vote early and you see that problem, we’ve got time to fix it,” said the president.
Democrats have been worried that new election laws requiring voters to show identification are meant to block minorities and the poor at the polls. In Chicago, the president provided his license as identification before voting.
What’s more, he said that by voting early, the campaign can shift its attention to those who wait until Election Day and help them get to the polls.
Ryan, a long-time White House correspondent known for her news-making interviews, also pressed the president on the high joblessness among blacks and Hispanics. The president responded by saying he would focus on “communities of color” in his second term because those two groups are the “future workforce” of America.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.