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Joe Biden: Voter ID laws reveal Republican 'hatred' of black people

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Vice President Joe Biden attributed Republican support for voter ID laws to "hatred" for black Americans, singling out Texas, North Carolina, and Alabama for special attention.

"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden said during a reception commemorating African-American History Month at the Naval Observatory, according to a pool report. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."

Proponents of voter ID laws say they're necessary to combat fraud, as when then-Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., carried Wisconsin by 11,000 votes in 2004, under dubious circumstances in Milwaukee.

“The reports of more ballots cast than voters recorded were found to be true,” the city police department found in a 2008 report on the prior election, as National Review's Jim Geraghty noted at the time.

“For example, a woman residing in the 4900 block of N. 18th with no recorded date of birth listed is also recorded in the 4900 block of N. 108th with a date of birth," the report said. "This voter did reside at the N. 108th address at the time of the November General Election. She is now registered to vote and, more important, recorded as voting in two different Wards in the City of Milwaukee.”

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