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GOP chairman says Sharpton is "race-baiting"

AL.com reports: Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead today blasted the Rev. Al Sharpton's plans to operate a headquarters in Birmingham to fight back against what Sharpton calls voter suppression in Alabama and other southern states.

Armistead accused Sharpton of race-baiting and misleading the public in an effort to divide people and boost Democratic turnout in November.

"Alabama and several other states have passed Voter ID laws to ensure that the voter is who they say they are," Armistead said in a statement. "However, Sharpton claims the basis for these new voter ID laws is to 'disenfranchise black and minority voters, the elderly, the poor and young people'. Sharpton knows better, and he should be ashamed for making such absurd comments." ...

Sharpton, president of the New York-based National Action Network, today cut the ribbon on his downtown Birmingham headquarters which will focus protecting voting rights across eight southern states, he said.

"We will, out of this office, coordinate our work throughout the South against those new measures that have been designed to suppress the vote," Sharpton said. "Make no mistake about it, these are designed to suppress the vote and we are here to fight against voter suppression." -- GOP Chairman Bill Armistead says Rev. Al Sharpton is 'race-baiting' with claims of Alabama voter suppression | AL.com

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