Senator Manchin unmoved by U.S. civil rights leaders’ voting rights push

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By Richard Cowan and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven U.S. civil rights leaders met with Senator Joe Manchin to urge the Democrat to drop his opposition to a sweeping election reform bill backed by his party, but the West Virginian emerged from the virtual meeting unmoved. The bill is a Democratic response to a slew of measures making their way through Republican-controlled state legislatures, which voting-rights activists say would limit the ability of some voters to go to the polls. The state bills’ backers contend they are needed to prevent election fraud, which is rare in the …

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