The Congressional Black Caucus is hosting a series of events across the country to ensure their communities are prepared to vote on Election Day. South Carolina’s 6th District Congressman Jim Clyburn began by inviting the Reverend Al Sharpton to Columbia on Tuesday.
It’s part of what they are calling the “For the People” Voter Protection initiative. The idea is to bring attention to new voter ID laws appearing across the country that now require a photo identification to vote.
Clyburn spoke with MSNBC on Wednesday. He says that, even with the laws, African-American voters do not need to be apprehensive about voting. “We are going into these polling places and we are going to have our presence there on Election Day. We are not going to be intimidated,” says Clyburn.
A group of federal judges is currently deciding the fate of a 2011 South Carolina voter ID law. Clyburn says he wants people to vote early in spite of the judges’ decision, which is expected soon.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report.