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  • Mr. Williams said he and his colleagues are motivated by the memory of Trayvon, the 17-year-old who was fatally shot last year.

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  • "One thing that's not lost upon many of us down there, post the Shelby decision but also post the Zimmerman verdict, we know that next year would have been the first year that Trayvon Martin would have had an opportunity to vote," Mr. Williams said. "And we know that it's very sacred, and it's not lost on us. We want to make sure that everyone has that opportunity."

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