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ID law sparks local clergy to lead voting drive

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Chandra Wilson asks a question during a meeting at New Monumental Baptist Church in Chattanooga on Thursday night to discuss the logistics of a voter I.D. march. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press. Chandra Wilson asks a question during a meeting at New Monumental Baptist Church in Chattanooga on Thursday night to discuss the logistics of a voter I.D. march. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Nearly two dozen ministers from different denominations are launching a local voter empowerment movement in Chattanooga to make sure no person who is eligible and wants to vote is denied the right.

"Under no means whatsoever will the vote be held back," said the Rev. Kenneth Love, pastor of St. Paul AME Church and executive director of the Hamilton County Democratic Party.

The ministers are among hundreds of black clergy nationally who are working to make sure all eligible members in their congregations and communities are registered to vote and have the proper identification to do so.

The movement comes as a result of new voter identification laws enacted in a number of states in the last two years. In January, Tennessee joined Georgia and other states with stricter voter ID requirements.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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