Rev. Sharpton announces 7-state voter campaign

DENVER (AP) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton says he and other civil rights leaders are kicking off a campaign to register voters in seven key states, including Tennessee.

Sharpton said during a gathering at a Denver restaurant that the Democratic National Convention, where Barack Obama will become the first black nominee of a major U.S. party, is just a start.

He said the civil rights organization National Action Network and others will begin in Florida, then travel to six other states to register voters and make sure people who think they're registered actually are.

Sharpton said the campaign is called "Not This Time" because the intent is to prevent a repeat of the voting debacle of Florida in 2000, as well as the voting problems that were reported in Ohio in 2004. George W. Bush was victorious in both cases.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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