Sen. Cory Booker Fears 'Voting Rights Act Is Under Threat'

The New Jersey senator spoke with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

"Well, first, I just want to press the case because many people don't understand that ... the Voting Rights Act is under threat. And these voter ID laws which are being passed in many states have a disproportionate impact on poor folks," he said.

The senator recently introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act aimed at preventing practices that interfere with citizens’ voting rights, such as requiring voter ID and changing voting locations.

Booker, 46, also pointed to the mass imprisonment of nonviolent felons as a threat to voting rights. In 2010, he said, 5.85 million citizens were denied their right to vote because of previous convictions, which he described as a population equivalent to the “20th biggest state in our nation.”