Vice President Joe Biden urged a gathering of civil rights leaders on Thursday to fight back against Republican-led attempts to restrict voting rights, calling the push for voter identification requirements an “attempt to repress minority voting masquerading as an attempt to end corruption.”

For several decades after the civil rights movement of the 1960s, both parties made progress in protecting and strengthening voting rights, Biden said during his address before the National Urban League in Cincinnati. “Expanding the protection of the franchise,” he explained, “used to be a bipartisan thing.”

But more recently, voting rights have come under attack, Biden warned, saying there have been 83 attempts this year to curtail voting rights in 29 states across the country.

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