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Debate begins anew on voting act

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Voting Rights Act of 1965 - The act abolished obstacles that kept many black people from the polls, such as literacy tests and poll taxes. Today the obstacles are subtler, such as changing polling sites and times without notice, civil rights advocates say.

They point, for example, to charges that millions of voters of color were disenfranchised in the 2000 and 2004 elections. "Unfortunately, even in 2005 we still have those that would very well like to see different segments of our population locked out of the system."

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