Clinton calls out GOP opponents by name on voting rights

Updated 9:22 AM EDT, Fri June 5, 2015

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Hillary Clinton called Thursday for every American to automatically be registered to vote

She also accused four potential GOP presidential rivals by name of being "scared of letting citizens have their say"

(CNN) —  

Hillary Clinton accused four potential GOP presidential rivals by name of being “scared of letting citizens have their say” as she called Thursday for every American to automatically be registered to vote.

Clinton told an audience at the historically black Texas Southern University that she supports the concept of signing every American up to vote as soon as they’re eligible at age 18, unless they specifically opt out. She called for expanded access to polling places, keeping them open for at least 20 days and offering voting hours on evenings and weekends.

For the first time in her campaign, she attacked her likely opponents by name as she laid into four GOP governors – Texas’s Rick Perry, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Jeb Bush and New Jersey’s Chris Christie – telling them to “stop fear-mongering about a phantom epidemic of voter fraud.”

“All of these problems voting just didn’t happen by accident,” she said. “And it is just wrong – it’s wrong – to try to prevent, undermine and inhibit Americans’ right to vote.”

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