Eric Holder’s Protection of Voter Fraud

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Seeking to overturn a DOJ judgment that its voter photo identification law, passed in May 2011, violates the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), the state of South Carolina recently announced that it is suing the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder in federal court.

The decision by South Carolina comes as the DOJ is vigorously working to stop the spread of states enacting or implementing voter photo ID laws, prompting fears that the Obama administration is undermining the integrity of the upcoming 2012 elections.

In December 2011, the DOJ blocked South Carolina’s new voter ID law from taking effect when it determined the South Carolina law was discriminatory, citing an unfair burden on minority voters.

That unfair burden required registered South Carolina voters to produce a state-issued photo ID or a federal substitute, such as a US passport or military ID, at the polls in order to cast a ballot.

The passage of the law was prompted by a state review of voter registration rolls that found 85,000 registered voters in South Carolina lacked a photo ID issued by the state DMV, with 37,000 of those registered actually being deceased.

However, South Carolina — one of seven states in the past year and 15 overall to adopt a photo ID law intended to prevent voter fraud — is not the only state whose new law has run afoul of the Obama Justice Department.

The state of Texas has recently launched a similar suit against the DOJ over its own photo ID law, one passed by overwhelming bi-partisan support in May 2011 but which has been twice delayed by the DOJ from taking effect.

It should be noted that while the DOJ may find voter photo ID laws unconstitutional, that view hasn’t been shared by the Supreme Court. In 2008, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Indiana’s photo ID requirement when it ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights.

In arguing that voter fraud in close elections would dilute the valid votes of legitimate voters, sway close elections, and negatively impact voter confidence, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority that Indiana’s voter ID law is “amply justified by the valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.”

Still, those on the left, like former President Clinton, continue to insist that forcing someone to show a photo ID in order to vote is racist and marks the return of Jim Crow. In Virginia, Democratic State Senator Mamie Locke responded to the recent passage of a photo identification law in both chambers of the state legislature by saying “This bill –and others like it — is so 1866.”

Of course, if that is true, then also apparently racist are current photo identification requirements for all Americans that include cashing checks; opening a bank account; boarding airline flights; purchasing firearms; driving automobiles; buying alcohol and tobacco products; renting/buying property; purchasing prescription drugs; applying for food stamps; applying for welfare; applying for a bank loan; applying for a job; and using a credit/debit card.

Nevertheless, liberals have complained strenuously that voter ID bills suppress the votes of minorities, the elderly, and the poor, contending that these groups are less likely to either have or be able to afford photo identification.

These same people, however, neglect to mention that every state that has passed a voter ID law has also ensured that individuals who do not have a photo ID can easily obtain one for free if they cannot afford one. In fact, South Carolina’s ID law goes as far as to state that if a voter claims to have had a “reasonable impediment” to getting a photo ID, they can vote anyway.

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  • Annie

    The governor of South Carolina also made state-owned cars and drivers available to help people get to to Department of Motor Vehicles so they could get a (free) state-issued ID.

    Very, very few people signed up for the rides.

    • sedoanman

      Which makes Democrats just full of excuses.

  • CollegePoor

    There is only one reason to be opposed to showing a photo ID when voting, and that reason means that you support the possibility of voter fraud.

    • Jobe

      I agree completely. With the preponderance of required picture I.D.'s for virtually everything from drivers licences to DVD rentals, there can be no legitimate reason stated by Holder and his criminal justice outfit for opposing. This is just another proof that the government is the new mafia. Holder is a bald faced liar and, legally speaking, probably an accomplice before and after the fact of murder. That this horrible person should hold the office of the highest ranked law enforcement officer in the country is appalling.

  • kafir4life

    I have to provide ID to purchase cold medicine that's now kept behind the counter. I have to provide ID to purchase alcohol. Stinky (BO) can't win the 2012 election without cheating, but he doesn't care. His minions don't either. Expect an attempt to repeal the 22nd ammendment sometime after January.

  • StephenD

    I contend that if you do not pay taxes you should have no say in how tax revenues are spent, meaning if you don't pay taxes, for whatever reason (disabled, unemployed, retired, on welfare, etc.) you shouldn't be allowed to vote. Why should you have say in how other people’s money is spent? Immediately after this is law the House and Senate will straighten out. Their entire strategy will change; no longer will they placate the entitlement class but rather they will be more austere with the monies of those that can vote for them…and against them. This will have more of a "readjustment" effect on the entire voting system than a mere photo ID requirement.

  • truckwork

    What is important is to know that this president and his minions will be attempting to hijack this election. Therefore we need to make sure that everyone who can vote for whatever other canidate is running against Obama VOTES on election day. No more sitting this one out because we don't like everything that the Republican canidate stands for.

    We cannot afford to have this man as president for four more years. Just think what he has accomplished in the first four years and the damage it has caused. What would this man do to ruin this country without worring about running for re-election? Just the thought of him being able to appoint another Supreme Court Judge makes me shiver with concern and despair.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    Frankly, with adequate identification or not, many who would vote in this country today bring to the polling place less discernment, less civic awareness, and fewer scruples than an average corpse. That notwithstanding, however, it remains prudent for the country at large to at least be able to identify the minions and morons who plead for more bread and circuses.

  • kblink45

    Yet further evidence that the leftist cabal is using race to coverup and justify their criminal syndicate.

  • mrbean

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Some 24 million voter registrations in the United States contain significant errors, including about 1.8 million dead people still on the rolls and many more yet approved to vote in multiple states, according to a report released Tuesday. See Foxnews site.

  • Spider

    Holder has to make sure that the 37,000 dead people in South Carolina vote for Obama this November.

  • Bessie

    Thier argument that blacks are being discriminated against because they don't/can't get an i.d. is INSULTING and RACIST…The state has said that if someone does not have an i.d. they can get one an NO cost…If the Repulicans ever said that blacks were not smart enough to acquire an i.d., they would never hear the end of it and WHY does Holder gets away with continuing to insult his own people??? How long will Black Americans take the insults from the racist Eric Holder???

  • Maxie

    Make no mistake, vote fraud is the center piece of the MarxiCrat's 2012 re-elect Obama campaign. A few key districts in a few swing states is all that's required to steal the election These will be easily identified by the scowling, baton-wielding New Black Panther "poll watchers" standing outside making sure everything goes by "plan". If attempts are made to thwart "the plan" expect mayhem.The GOP will be hiding under their desks.

  • dirt

    If they are eleced by the dead and illegals, let them be the representatives of the dead and the illegals.

  • Laura

    If the surpeme court already ruled on this then how is Holder able to disallow the states to do this. Obama and his regime really have no respect for our laws. They trample our laws and constituion on a daily basis and no one stops them!!! How is this allowed to happen in the USA?

  • chess

    The pattern of attacks in the middle east, both by country and by position to Israel, have consistently indicated attacks on Sunni Muslims. Sunnis dominate the middle east significantly (85%:15%) and are historically more peaceful and more tolerant of Israel. This is such a deal for the shiites. Never before have they had the chance to overtake the muslim world, let alone the ENTIRE world !
    OBL, a Sunni, was a threat to the shiite world. Obama used our grievance to take him out and become a hero. He couldn't care less about 911.
    Taqiyya is the motto of this administration. It is well known that muslims are allowed to deceive for Allah.
    He is taking the U.S. out slowly so as to go unnoticed while we are caught up in discussions of the distractions.

  • chess

    And, of course obama is a good shiite partner to Amedinajhad, the barbaric leader of Iran and is placing increasing numbers of muslim brotherhood members, shiite terrorists, in the U.S.White House.
    Our media only speaks of terrorism using the Taliban and Al-Queda. We know these groups are offshoots of the muslim brotherhood.
    The plan is barbaric. Steal all of the money. Then, let the blood flow. How perfect to counter the most sophisticated and educated society in history. Foolishly unsuspecting. Remember, Greece and Rome.

  • chess

    …and Alinsky. We need Newt to stop this.

  • Len_Powder

    So, who is responsible for stopping fraud and corruption when it is exposed? And, if those responsible are incapable or indifferent then who can make them accountable, and to whom? The only time politicians fear the will of the people is during elections at which time they will promise anything to get elected. The Romans didn't concern themselves with the treatment of slaves until Spartacus roused 70,000 of them to oppose Roman fraud, corruption and tyranny.