The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says that the Justice Department should investigate the possibility that minorities were intentionally denied the right to vote in last year?s elections in Florida. Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry plans to request a meeting with Attorney General John Ashcroft to recommend that he look into problems outlined in a commission report.

The report says that thousands for Floridians were deprived of the chance to vote by outdated equipment, improper purging of voter rolls, language barriers and inadequate access to voting booths. Black voters were especially disenfranchised.
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