COPY-Sharpton to headline voter rights conference

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Three Democratic members of Congress and the Rev. Al Sharpton are scheduled to participate in a St. Louis conference on concerns about voter disenfranchisement.

Sharpton is the keynote speaker at the Forum on Voting Rights scheduled for Friday at Harris-Stowe State University.

The forum was convened by U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay of St. Louis and will also include two other Democratic House members - Emmanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, Mo., and Gwen Moore of Wisconsin. NAACP general counsel Kim Keenan is also among the participants.

Clay's office says 38 states have passed laws such as voter identification measures that some critics say could keep as many as 5 million Americans from voting.

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