Holder, DOJ Battle Voter ID; 1 Year Anniv. of BP Agent’s Murder
With the 2012 Presidential election less than a year away, the Obama Administration has signalled that it will do everything in its power to fight states that are attempting to prevent voter fraud by requiring citizens to present a photo ID (drivers license or state-issued identification card in order to receive a ballot. More than a dozen states have enacted voter ID laws since the 2008 election.
Voter fraud has been a way of life in many Democratic-controlled cities for more than a century. It may have changed the results of the 1960 Presidential election as CrOOK County delivered an unbelievably high vote total for John F. Kennedy. It may have swung Indiana for Barack Obama in 2008 and affected the outcome of statewide elections, including recent Senate races in Colorado and Minnesota, which Democrats won by razor-thin margins.
Although Michigan is hardly a bastion of conservatism, we have had a voter ID law for nearly 20 years. The system works very efficiently (perhaps because all the recent Secretary of State office holders have been Republicans). You simply provide your driver’s license to the poll workers in order to receive your ballot. If you don’t have a driver’s license, you simply visit the Secretary of State’s office and obtain a photo ID card at no cost.
After all, you can’t board a commercial airliner or cash a check without a photo ID, so why should you be able to vote without one?
In a speech in Austin last night, Eric Holder signaled that he, the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration will do everything in its power to block states that are have passed laws requiring a state-issued ID because it “discriminates against minorities (aka helps prevent voter fraud). He also said that the government has the responsibility to automatically register citizens to vote and that it’s the responsibility of governors to ensure that it happens.
At the same time House Republicans are talking tough … talking about a “no confidence” vote on Holder, the first step toward impeachment.
AUSTIN, Tex. — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday entered the turbulent political waters of voting rights, signaling that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections.
Declaring in a speech that protecting ballot access for all eligible voters “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative,” Mr. Holder urged Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success by appealing to more voters.”The speech by Mr. Holder could inflame a smoldering partisan dispute over race and ballot access as the 2012 campaign cycle intensifies. It comes as the Justice Department’s civil rights division is scrutinizing a series of new state voting laws that were enacted — largely by Republican officials — in the name of fighting fraud.
Mr. Holder spoke here at the presidential library of Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The act enables the civil rights division to object to election laws and practices on the grounds that they would disproportionately deter minority groups from voting — even if there is no evidence of discriminatory intent — and to go to court to block states from putting the laws in place.Mr. Holder also laid out a case for replacing the “antiquated” voter registration system by automatically registering all eligible voters; for barring state legislators from gerrymandering their own districts, and for creating a federal statute prohibiting the dissemination of fraudulent information to deceive people into not voting.
His remarks came against the backdrop of a huge turnout of young and minority voters in the 2008 election that helped propel President Obama to victory. In the 2010 election, when voting by such groups dropped off and enthusiasm among more conservative groups surged, Republicans won sweeping victories, winning or expanding control of many state legislatures and governorships.
This year, more than a dozen states enacted new voting restrictions. For example, eight — Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — imposed new laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification cards. Previously voters were able to use other forms of identification, like bank statements, utility bills and Social Security cards.
Congressman Pushes for “No Confidence” Vote on Holder
The resolution, introduced Monday afternoon, is a formal way to exhibit congressional disdain for Holder as the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious proceeds. It would also be an initial step toward some House Republicans’ plan to formally remove him from office if he won’t resign.
The resolution, officially numbered H. Res. 490, states that “it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress has lost confidence in the Attorney General of the United States.”
In a statement, Gosar denounced Holder’s continued refusal to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas and other official congressional requests for information.
“It is imperative that the citizens of our nation have confidence in our Attorney General,” Gosar said in the statement. “After months of evasive answers, silence and outright lies it is time that Congress speak up on behalf of the many people who have or will fall victims to the firearms in the flawed gunrunning operation Fast & Furious.”
There are currently 55 House members and two members of the Senate demanding Holder’s resignation, along with four GOP presidential candidates and two sitting governors. Many of those in Congress who have called for Holder’s ouster have also signed on to Gosar’s resolution.
Hat tip: New York Times and Daily Caller
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of BP Agent Brian Terry. We salute him for his valor and service to our country both as a Border Patrol Agent and as a Marine. Hopefully, those who actually murdered this brave man will be prosecuted and those in the Department of Justice, who played a role in his murder, will be removed and also brought to justice.