GENEVA -- The NAACP is taking to the U.N. its effort to ensure that former convicted felons in the United States can vote.
A delegation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was holding meetings Tuesday at the United Nation's Geneva office in part to press the world body to send observers to the U.S. for this year's elections.
The diplomatic push comes against the backdrop of a related - and vigorous - debate about requirements in some states for would-be voters to provide proper identification before they can cast ballots.
The NAACP says nearly 6 million U.S. citizens are barred from voting because of previous felony convictions. Hilary Shelton, a NAACP vice president, said the right to vote should not be jeopardized by a criminal conviction.