SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is sounding the alarm about what he says is an attempt to suppress the African American vote. He used a weekend conference in San Francisco of the black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha to rally people to the polls.

Brown pointed to a call in Florida for picture identification at polling stations as evidence of the efforts to suppress the African American vote.

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“There are 20 other states similarly situated and all geared to the idea of making sure that there is a reduction in the vote in black communities,” he told members of Alpha Kappa Alpha attending the Moscone Center conference.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

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“As an organization, you should be very much a part of the group of voices that are raising concerns about the unfairness and the racism associated with that action,” he said.

But, there’s a way around the issues, said Brown – urging the mostly young women to vote by mail and to organize vote by mail campaigns at their churches.

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