Holder Blocks Voter ID At Every Turn
People seemingly voting after they’ve been
dead for years. Drug kingpins buying votes from poor people to sway
elections. Non-citizens being bussed to the polls and coached on how to
vote. Stories of voting fraud are shocking, and states have been taking
action to make sure that elections are secure. But the Justice
Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, has blocked states at
almost every turn.
This is the same Justice Department that
stopped a non-partisan election reform by arguing that if party
affiliation were removed from a ballot, African-American voters wouldn’t
be able to identify and vote for the Democrats. Holder has continued to
stoke the racial fires, calling a requirement for voters to produce
photo identification a “poll tax.” Heritage expert Hans von Spakovsky
said this argument is merely political. “Holder continues to perpetuate
the incendiary error to the public, knowing that the poll-tax assertion
is a racially charged one that should not be used lightly,” von
Spakovsky said. He explained:
Even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the
most liberal appeals court in the country—did not buy the Holder poll
tax claim when it reviewed Arizona’s voter ID law. In Gonzalez v.
Arizona (2012), the Ninth Circuit held that even though “obtaining the
free identification required under [Arizona law] may have a cost,” such
immaterial costs are not a poll tax.
Holder is now “investigating” Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, on the left’s charge that it disenfranchises minorities.
Former Congressman Artur Davis, an
African-American from Alabama who served in Congress as a Democrat from
2003 to 2011, finds this argument incredibly insulting. Speaking at The
Heritage Foundation yesterday, Davis held up his driver’s license and
said, “This is not a billy club. It is not a fire hose. I used to
represent Birmingham and Selma, Alabama, and I know something about fire
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