Black members of the cloth should visit the states that have implemented voter ID laws and encourage voters who are black and Latino to acquire the needed identification so that they may cast ballots in November's General Election, The Reverend Al Sharpton told a luncheon during this past week's Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
BET reports the top official of the National Action Network said ministers should visit those states within the next four weeks for what he said is a state of emergency.
Also a host with MSNBC, Sharpton underscored the gravity of this issue and said Voter ID laws pose a very serious threat.
"This is no joke," the civil rights activist said regarding the laws presently in force in numerous U.S. states as the presidential election is about 60 days out. "The disenfranchising of 5 million people in this country is nothing short of revoking the Voting Rights Act."
Laws requiring the use of identification cards have been challenged in the various states where they've popped up due to allegations that they discriminate against people who do not have them, can't afford them and do not know where to go to get them.
But supporters claim that the identification cards are one key way of staving off voter fraud.
Civil rights groups have stepped forward to advocate for those who are eligible to vote but cannot due to a lack of proper identification.
"We have to leave here and work and work," the reverend told the Charolotte luncheon. "We have to leave here and get people to register and get their voter IDs."
The Religion News Service reports many African-American clergy already have answered the call to rouse eligible voters. Members of the clergy have joined the effort of civil rights activists who have long challenged the voter ID laws.