Comedian Lewis Black performs as part of CMT Presents "Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops" A Special Honoring The Armed Forces Premiering Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Nashville.
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By Maya Rhodan
October 9, 2014

Comedian Lewis Black, often outspoken on political issues, has some colorful words for state legislatures passing laws that advocates warn could make it harder for many Americans to vote.

“Look, people marched and fought and died for the right to vote and they want to legislate away that sacrifice to stay in power?,” the comedian screams on a video released by the American Civil Liberties Union Thursday. “Not on my watch, baby.”

Black appears alongside Dale Ho, director of the ACLU voting rights project, who explains some of the many restrictions facing voters this November, including a Wisconsin law requiring government identification that advocates warn 300,000 voters don’t have.

The video comes just a day after the Supreme Court ruled to allow North Carolina’s voting law to stand this November, reversing a lower court’s order allowing voters to utilize same day registration and out-of-precinct voting, which the 2013 law eliminated. Republicans in North Carolina support the law, which they say will help prevent voter fraud.

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