NAACP plans nationwide protests on voter ID laws

By the Associated Press | November 8, 2011 | 2:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the NAACP says voters' rights are under attack and that his organization is planning nationwide protests against state voter-identification laws.

The group is starting a series of protests around the country meant to move the issue out of policy circles and onto street corners.

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said Tuesday that there will be protests across the nation starting Dec. 10. He says they're geared to make "folks understand that their rights are being attacked."

Jealous appeared on the steps of New York City Hall with the Rev. Al Sharpton and representatives from minority and labor groups.

Several states passed such laws over the past year, saying they stop voter fraud. Many experts, however, say there have been few instances of people pretending to be someone else at the polls.