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Federal appeals court orders changes to Texas voter ID law

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Paul J. Weber (WACH Fox57) is reporting that a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas' strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and ordered changes before the November election.

The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instructs a lower court to make changes that fix the "discriminatory effect" of the 2011 law, but to do so in a way that disrupts this year's election season as little as possible.

Team Obama took the unusual step of deploying the weight of the U.S. Justice Department into the case when it challenged the law, which requires Texas residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification. The state and other supporters say the Texas law prevents fraud. Opponents say it discriminates by requiring forms of ID that are more difficult to obtain for low-income, African-American and Latino voters.

"We are extremely pleased with this outcome. This law will no longer prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot this November," attorney Gerry Herbert, a member of the legal team that challenged the law, said following Wednesday's ruling.

The Texas Democratic Party also immediately celebrated, declaring that "the most restrictive and discriminatory Republican voter ID law in country has been struck down."

The New Orleans-based 5th Circuit agreed to rehear the issue after a three-judge panel ruled last year that the law violated the Voting Rights Act

Lawyers for Texas have argued that the state makes free IDs easy to obtain. They said any inconveniences or costs involved in getting one do not substantially burden the right to vote, and that the Justice Department and other plaintiffs had failed to prove that the law resulted in denying anyone the right to vote.

Opponents countered in briefs that trial testimony indicated various bureaucratic and economic burdens associated with the law -- for instance, the difficulty in finding and purchasing a proper birth certificate to obtain an ID. A brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union cited testimony in other voter ID states indicating numerous difficulties faced by people, including burdensome travel and expenses to get required documentation to obtain IDs.

Texas doesn't recognize university IDs from college students, but it does accept concealed handgun licenses as proof of identity.

Despite being struck down by a federal district judge in 2014, the law has been enforced in recent elections. The decision came so close to Election Day that the 5th Circuit panel allowed it to be enforced that year to avoid voter confusion.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing the law pending the current appeal, but the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.


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Justice Department favors ban on proof of citizenship for voter registration

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Ann Marie Awad (UPI) is reporting that the Justice Department supports blocking voter registration forms that require proof of citizenship in three states, according to court filings.

The League brought the suit, alleging that the requirement to prove citizenship acts as a barrier to voter registration, particularly for poor, minority and elderly voters who may not have the required documentation.

The Justice Department's decision to support the ban is unusual because the Department would otherwise be in the position of defending the EAC in the suit.

EAC executive director Brian Newby issued a directive on Jan. 29 allowing those three states to add the citizenship requirement to the registration forms.

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that similarly required proof of citizenship in the voter registration process. However, the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the court's majority opinion that states could seek approval from the EAC for changes to voter registration forms. A year later, a federal appeals court ruled that the EAC was not required to make such changes to the federal registration form. The Supreme Court declined to review that ruling last year.

Since the federal forms have no requirement that voters provide documentation of their citizenship, those that have registered using the federal form effectively worked around the requirement. But Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach sought to close the loophole by saying that voters who used the federal form would not be able to vote in state or local elections. A judge struck down that requirement Friday. The Kansas City Star reported Kobach planned to appeal.

Related:  Judge unimpressed by Obama DoJ's dive on non-citizen voting


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Hard for him to make that claim in an election where the first black senator from a southern state (SC) was re-elected, and a black congresswoman from Utah was also elected.  Of course you don't hear about these races because they are conservatives and Republicans.
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News item:  Eric Holder sends "election monitors" to 18 states for the 2014 elections

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This former elections watchdog fingers Eric Holder for promoting voter fraud

Norvell Rose says as much as liberal deniers and progressive apologists try to downplay concerns about voter fraud that could lead to the stealing of elections, the stories about electoral cheating continue to surface.

In the past week alone, Western Journalism posted three stories on the subject of voting irregularities in North Carolina, Illinois, and Maryland that you can see here, here and here.

Now, in an interview with Greta Van Susteren "On the Record," a former Justice Department official and commissioner of the Federal Election Commission says voter fraud is inevitable during the upcoming midterms. That’s right, “inevitable.”

And attorney Hans Von Spakovsky lays the blame for the fraud squarely at the feet of Attorney General Eric Holder.


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Voter ID laws winning -- Obama and Holder losing

Warner Todd Huston is reporting that not only are the courts across the country upholding the ballot integrity efforts of Voter ID laws -- including the U.S. Supreme Court -- but even majorities of nearly every section of the American public are polling in favor of voter ID requirements. This means Obama, his activist Attorney General Eric Holder, and the leftist intelligentsia are losing this issue big time.

The Left claims that voter ID laws are the second coming of racist Jim Crow laws. They say it is onerous for people to have to get a valid photo ID in order to vote. They say having to get a photo ID is somehow "just like" the expensive poll taxes forced on blacks between the end of the Civil War and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

But, since photo IDs can be gotten for less than $10 -- and in many cases, free of charge -- in every state in the union, this claim of left-wing liars is hard to make Americans believe. And the polls show it.

And the courts are agreeing.

Recently Obama and his lawless cohorts got another defeat in the courts when the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Governor Scott Walker's 2011 voter ID law.

And a federal court smacked down Eric Holder’s Justice Department yesterday when it refused to block North Carolina’s "controversial" voter ID law. The law, which simply requires voters to bring a valid ID to prove their citizenship, was attacked in a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department last September.

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, described the decision as a huge setback to Eric Holder:

"It is an embarrassing defeat for the Holder Justice Department. The court’s decision eviscerates Eric Holder’s politicized and racially inflammatory legal assault on commonsense election integrity measures. The court expressly rejected the Department of Justice’s contention that minorities are harmed by commonsense measures that help secure honest elections. The court’s dramatic rejection of Holder’s legal theory shows that that the DoJ’s lawsuit, which was coordinated with political activists at the White House, was always more about cynical political and racial appeals than upholding the law."

But even more devastating to the Left's hope to eliminate voter ID is the fact that Americans support the law. in nearly every sector and every demographic, voter I laws gets a majority.

As a recent piece at The Hill notes, polling shows big support for voter ID.

The survey found majorities of every demographic support the law. Ninety-one percent of Republicans offer support, and 66 percent of independents feel the same.

Fifty-five percent of Democrats support the laws, while 43 percent oppose them.

Opposition to the laws is highest among black respondents, but even there a bare majority, 51 percent, support them. Forty-six percent of African Americans oppose the laws.

Obviously, Americans understand that this whole hew and cry over voter ID laws is nothing but left-wing fear-mongering and pure politics, not about anyone's rights. And if this is the way Americans really think, the left really has lost this battle. They just don't know it yet.

This is particularly good news for such groups as True The Vote.


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There are 3,144 counties and county equivalents in the U.S.. If there were an average of say 100 invalid voters in each that would be almost 315,000 votes total and as we all know elections have been decided over less. This just illustrates one of the things we need to be concerned about this November. You can bet the left will be milking this for all it is worth this fall.  
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Hundreds of unlawful voters in one Virginia county

As you know, Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder think attempts to ensure honest voting are racist.

Keith Koffler says that the argument is that voter fraud is supposedly rare and therefore checking IDs amounts to voter suppression and an attempt by secretly racist Republicans to revive Jim Crow.

Another unifying message courtesy of the Obama administration.

Well, the election board in Fairfax Country, Virginia, where I live, and vote, has determined that 278 people on the voter rolls have claimed -- claimed -- that they are not citizens, according to Watchdog.org. They excused themselves from jury duty in 2010 and 2011 because, they said, they’re not legal.

Of the group, 117 had a history of voting.

Now think about this. That’s the number of people who were caught serendipitously by one method. How many non-citizens who didn’t get called to jury duty -- or who went and served on a jury illegally -- are also Fairfax voters?

Despite clear evidence, the Fairfax Country prosecutor won’t take the case, however.

You think he wants Eric Holder calling him a racist? From Watchdog:

Catherine Engelbrecht, president of the Texas-based group, True the Vote, said the Obama administration has chilled the atmosphere for warranted prosecutions.

"The kind of selective justice being meted out by the Fairfax County prosecutor, though clearly a violation of voters’ rights, is part of the ‘new normal’ standard supported nationwide by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice," Engelbrecht told Watchdog.

Engelbrecht noted that in 2009, U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandez "set out clear marching orders to all DoJ attorneys -- suppress state efforts to maintain accurate voter rolls."

That people are being labeled as racist by the federal government and its allies for trying to safeguard elections is another of the grand absurdities of the Obama era. And as is so often the case with the administration’s political agenda, it’s divisive, virulent, and undermines the Constitution.


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U.S. Attorney General to Governor Rick Scott -- we're watching you

Steve Bousquet and Alex Leary are reporting that As Florida's next election draws closer, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a stern warning for Gov. Rick Scott: We're watching you.

Holder sent a scathing letter to the Republican governor that cited "troubling" voting changes and said the Justice Department is "carefully monitoring" Florida's upcoming elections.

"We will not hesitate to use all tools and legal authorities at our disposal to fight against racial discrimination, to stand against disenfranchisement and to safeguard the right of every eligible American to cast a ballot," Holder wrote.

Scott called Holder's action "pure politics" and said it was "just them trying to help Charlie Crist," his likely Democratic opponent in November.

Repeatedly chastising Scott, Holder wrote: "During your tenure, your state has repeatedly added barriers to voting and restricted access to the polls."

He noted that Scott voted to make it harder for felons to regain their voting rights after they have completed their sentences, and he cited three actions by Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, including an attempted purge of suspected noncitizens from voter rolls that was suspended after a mutiny by county election supervisors.

Detzner also denied the city of Gainesville's request to use the University of Florida student union for early voting and told election supervisors not to allow voters to submit absentee ballots at remote dropoff sites. The latter action appeared directed at Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, who still uses the sites after a visit by a state observer showed no problems.

"I read the (Holder) letter, and I certainly understand why anyone would be concerned because of actions taken by the Legislature and the secretary of state," Clark said. She said she foresees no problems with the 2014 election because she and other supervisors "put the brakes" on actions such as the purge of suspected noncitizens.

In his letter, Holder also cited restrictions on early voting hours in a bill Scott signed in 2011. But last year, the Legislature expanded the maximum early voting days from eight to 14 and gave supervisors more flexibility in choosing sites.

Holder acknowledged that step but added: "I have grave concerns that there remains a troubling pattern in your state of measures that make it more difficult, not easier, for Floridians to vote."

The controversial 2011 elections bill, which Holder called a "disaster," also made it harder for third-party groups to register voters, which prompted a successful lawsuit by the League of Women Voters and other groups.

Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, said Holder's warnings are welcomed and justified.

"Anyone who cracks open a history book on Florida elections should not be surprised," Macnab said. "We should all be encouraged by the Justice Department's scrutiny."

The 2011 voting changes followed Barack Obama's Florida victory in 2008, which some Republicans blamed on then-Republican Gov. Crist's executive order to extend early voting hours.

With new early voting restrictions in place in 2012, Florida saw huge lines in some locations, especially in South Florida, and the outcome of the presidential election was delayed, leading to a wave of negative publicity and criticism that Republicans tried to manipulate the outcome.

Amid the backlash, lawmakers reversed course and Scott approved the changes.

The Justice Department declined comment on its July 21 letter, saying it speaks for itself, though Holder has been aggressive on voting issues and voting rights cases. His office made filings in cases in Wisconsin and Ohio on Wednesday, but Scott appears to be the only governor to receive such a strongly worded letter.

At a campaign event in St. Petersburg on Friday, Scott had this to say:

"I mean, this is pure politics. In 2011 we changed our voting laws and they were precleared by the Justice Department. In 2012 we had record turnout, we had record numbers of voters in 2012. But then in 2013 we increased the number of voting locations and voting hours, we shortened the ballot. So does the White House think we should change those? This is just them trying to help Charlie Crist, the failed candidate that lost jobs and cut education funding."

Added Scott's campaign manager, Melissa Sellers: "It isn't surprising that the same president who used the IRS to persecute his political opponents is now using his attorney general to try the same tactic."

Related:  Five ways Eric Holder uses the power of his office to help Democrat Charlie Crist bash Governor Scott


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Eric Holder steps into Wisconsin's voter ID lawsuits
 
Patrick Marley is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will likely try to get involved in litigation over Wisconsin's voter ID law now being considered by appeals judges in Chicago.

"We have already filed suit in Texas and North Carolina," Obama's attorney general recently told ABC News. "I expect that we are going to be filing in cases that are already in existence in Wisconsin, as well as in Ohio."

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending the voter ID law. In a statement, he said Holder should focus on immigration, not Wisconsin's voting requirements.

"If Mr. Holder honestly believes that laws ensuring even the most basic form of election integrity violate the Voting Rights Act, it wouldn't surprise me if the entire act was thrown out," his statement said.

Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the Legislature approved a law in 2011 that required voters to show photo ID at the polls. Four lawsuits -- two in federal court and two in state court -- quickly followed.

The voter ID requirement was in effect for just one election, a low-turnout primary in February 2012, before courts began to issue orders blocking the law. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to decide the two state cases by next month.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman considered the two federal cases together, and in April he ruled the voter ID law violated the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is now weighing those cases.

That court is not expected to decide the federal cases before the Nov. 4 election between Walker and Democrat Mary Burke, meaning the voter ID requirement likely will not be in effect for that race. Van Hollen will have to win all federal and state court challenges to reinstate the voter ID law.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not provide comment beyond what Holder told ABC News, but released a transcript of his comments at the request of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and others.

Last month, Holder appeared in a U.S. DoJ video that highlighted his concerns about Wisconsin's voter ID law.

"Laws such as those in Wisconsin would shrink, rather than expand, access to the franchise," Holder said in the video. "This is inconsistent, not only with our history but with our ideals as a nation -- a nation founded on the principle that all citizens are entitled to equal opportunity, equal representation and equal rights."

Holder could try to intervene in the federal cases in Wisconsin, or he could attempt to file a friend-of-the-court brief spelling out the government's interest in the matter. Attempts to intervene in cases typically happen before trial judges, rather than at the appeals level.

Lester Pines, a Madison attorney involved in one of the state voter ID cases but not the federal cases, said the move by Holder would be significant.

"The judges will pay attention to what the (U.S.) Department of Justice will say," Pines said.


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Fraud at the highest levels -- Democrats took bribes to oppose voter ID

J. Christian Adams is reporting that Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature. Gifts of Tiffany's jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for "NO" votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.

Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat.

Kane's excuse for her inaction? Racism: some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia. From the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.

Those who favored the sting believe Kane killed a solid investigation, led by experienced prosecutor Frank G. Fina, that had ensnared several public officials and had the potential to capture more. They said they were outraged at Kane's allegation that race had played a role in the case.

Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the inquiry said, prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documented at least four city Democrats taking payments in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet.

Fine -- a Pennsylvania Democrat won't do anything about other corrupt Pennsylvania Democrats. But what about Eric Holder? After all, Holder has shown a tough-as-nails willingness to go after elected officials who accept gifts in exchange for official actions.

Just ask Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia, who now faces multiple criminal charges for doing just that.

Related:  4 of 5 Americans favor requiring proof of citizenship to vote



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Court rules states can make voters prove citizenship

Stephen Dinan is reporting that a U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona and Kansas can require anyone registering to vote to prove their citizenship and the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) cannot block them.

The ruling is a boost for states' rights and marks a setback for Barack Obama, Eric Holder and other progressives who fought stiffer voter ID checks with an argument that they reduce voter turnout.

"This is a huge victory for me, personally, for the states of Kansas and Arizona, and for the whole cause of states' rights," said Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach, who led the challenge. "We've seen so many defeats recently in areas where the federal government has been encroaching on states' authorities, and this time the good guys won."

In his ruling, Judge Eric F. Melgren said the EAC, which Congress created after the 2000 Florida voting fiasco, must accede to states' requests for people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

The judge said the Constitution gives states the power to determine voter qualifications, and if states want to insist on proof of citizenship, the election commission cannot overrule them.

"The EAC's nondiscretionary duty is to perform the ministerial function of updating the instructions to reflect each state's laws," Judge Melgren ruled in a decision out of Kansas. "The court orders the EAC to add the language requested by Arizona and Kansas to the state-specific instructions of the federal mail voter registration form immediately."

A spokesman for the EAC said the commission was reviewing the decision. The Justice Department, which argued the case before Judge Melgren, didn't return a message seeking comment.

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Democrats nervous about Holder's call for ex-felon voting rights

William Bigelow is reporting that Democrats are walking very gingerly around Attorney General Eric Holder's call to give felons the right to vote once they are out of prison. Notwithstanding the fact that a large percentage of felons are African-American and more likely to vote for the Democrats, the Democratic incumbents seeking reelection are trying to avoid committing to Holder's notion for fear they would be perceived as too liberal for the citizenry. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has plans for legislation giving voting rights to felons immediately after their release.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), running against former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, says he would give non-violent ex-felons the right to vote but he's not committing to giving the same right to former violent felons. He quavered, "I would absolutely support [restoring rights to] non-violent felons. On violent -- what I want to do is look at it."

Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia, said endorsing Holder's plan would be risky for Warner. He warned:

Why should Warner endorse it? It's not going to pass. There would be an upside if somehow he could wave a magic wand and get all the rights restored because disproportionately these people are African American and therefore they would almost certainly vote Democratic. The downside is that it would re-enforce the view Republicans are pushing in the state that Mark Warner is no centrist, he's just another Obama Democrat, quote unquote, that's their line.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who may run against former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), only answered of Holder and Cardin's plans, "I would need to look at the legislation," then ducked into an elevator in the Capitol.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), now facing a tough opponent in Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) just referred the question to his press office, where his spokesman did not answer follow-up calls and e-mails.

Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) would not answer any questions regarding their stances on ex-felons voting.

Jean Smith, a member of Arkansas-CURE, (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants), said of Pryor, "To my knowledge he has not addressed it. What he's trying to do is play both sides of the fence. He doesn't want to take on anything that's too controversial because he's not very popular."

A spokesman for Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, said she supports restoring voting rights to ex-felons. She was joined by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who said, "Except in the rarest circumstances, after they've paid their price to society they ought to be participants in our electoral system. I think it's a move in the right direction," and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who echoed, "If you committed a felony but are out of prison, you can vote in Ohio. I'm fine with that." 


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Eric Holder hospitalized with shortness of breath, faintness

Kelly Riddell is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was sent to a local Washington hospital Thursday morning after he experienced shortness of breath and faintness during his morning meeting with senior staff.

"He is currently resting comfortably and in good condition," said spokesman Brian Fallon, in a release issued by the department this morning. "He is alert and conversing with his doctors."

Dispatchers said they received a call from the Justice Department at 9:43 a.m. for a man who was experiencing chest pains and abnormal breathing on the fifth floor, where Holder's office is located. It is said the attorney general tries to climb the stairs every morning to his office.

The department is operating normally and Holder's condition was stable enough where he was able to review the statement released about his health in the hospital, Mr. Fallon told the New York Times.

Holder, 63, was scheduled to attend the "My Brother's Keeper" event Thursday afternoon at the White House. Holder is currently resting at MedStar Washington Hospital and additional information will be provided as it becomes available, the Justice Department said.

Holder, the first black attorney general, has held his position since Obama took office in 2009. The Justice Department told The Washington Times this month Holder has no immediate plans to resign, despite media speculation.

Holder has made voting rights the test case of his tenure. He has been a vocal critic of the Supreme Court case that invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act and has supported Congressional action to renew and revise the law.

During his five years as the nation's top law enforcement officer, Holder has also weighed in on other controversial Supreme Court decisions. Holder said he wouldn't defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and over the weekend announced the Department of Justice's plans to give same-sex couples the same rights in the federal legal system as married heterosexual couples, regardless of whether a state recognizes same sex marriage.

Holder is married to Sharon Malone, an obstetrician, and has three children.

Holder's predecessor, Michael Mukasy, also was hospitalized on the job after he fainted while giving a speech. He returned to work the next day.

That's God's way of telling Holder to stop screwing with America and American law.


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Why Eric Holder needs felons to vote

Michael Bargo Jr. says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently stated that we must revisit the laws that ban convicted felons from voting. After all, it is depriving them of the opportunity to vote, and all votes must count.

While John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky have extensively written on traditional sources of vote fraud, the recent sources of vote fraud originate with the city, state, and county officials who violate Federal Immigration Laws.  Illegal immigration has become the biggest and most recent strategy used to win elections.  But Democrats still worry about keeping their minority voters, and the felon suffrage issue is the most recent effort, along with resisting voter I.D. laws, to game the ballot box.

Eric Holder is a Democrat and supports the Democratic Party.  Just as Lois Lerner sought to suppress the tax-exempt status of conservative political groups to enable Democrats to gain an advantage in the 2012 election, Eric Holder’s statement was crafted to help his party win future elections.

There are two major minority groups, blacks and Hispanics.  While blacks have lived in urban areas for 100 years, the Hispanic population has grown only recently.  And just as Democrats have successfully wrapped up the black vote, they have brought in Hispanics -- primarily through illegal immigration -- as another minority group to become part of the minority voting base they feel is essential to winning national elections.

The majority of blacks live in big cities controlled by Democratic politicians largely black Democratic politicians. This, Democrats say, is necessary since only a black can faithfully understand the needs of African-Americans.  But it’s a tragic fact that as soon as blacks moved North they were confined to black-only ghetto neighborhoods in the big cities of the North.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called this practice "plantation politics."

While the Civil Rights Movement for blacks started in the 1950s, by the year 2000 not much had improved: the 2000 Census revealed that 90% of the blacks in the City of Chicago would have to move in order for the city to be truly integrated.  Clearly, Democratic Political leadership in the U.S. has no desire to improve the educational opportunities for blacks.  Since so many now go to prison -– in 2001 22% of all black American men age 35-44 had gone to prison, and the Dept. of Justice estimated that at the rates of 2001 one-third of all black men and one in six Hispanic men would be incarcerated in their lifetimes, Eric Holder must fight to allow them to vote.

In 1970 the Hispanic population of the U.S. was so low that a category titled "Hispanic" did not appear on the Census Bureau form.  After the first official Sanctuary Policy Executive Order was issued in Chicago in 1985, the illegal Hispanic population exploded.  Today there are nearly as many Hispanics in prison for murder as whites even though Hispanics are only 14% of the U.S. population and whites are 70%.

Hispanics now share with blacks the same tragic socio-economic environment.  Consequently they suffer a high school dropout rate that is double that of blacks, and a single teenage motherhood rate slightly higher than blacks.  The result is high unemployment.

Hispanics are now becoming felons at record rates.  The majority of Hispanics in the Federal Court system have been convicted of one of two crimes: immigration violations and drug offenses.  Both crimes are created by the Democratic Party’s strategy of encouraging them to enter the U. S. in violation of the 1996 Immigration Act.  Most (92%) immigration offenders were Hispanic in 2010.

While the two minority groups combined make up only 25% of the U.S. population in 2011 they were of 63% of the sentenced prisoners in State and Federal prisons.

Hispanics are entrapped by the benefits of big cities just as blacks were 100 years ago.  Since so many become involved in crime, the only way for Democrats to keep their votes is to change the laws, just as they changed Immigration law, the citizenship requirement for drivers licenses, and other benefits.  Obama has shown no reluctance to pick and choose which laws he will and will not obey, as shown by his tweaking of ObamaCare, just as Chicago’s Mayors did not hesitate to violate Federal laws when they created a Sanctuary City out of Chicago.

Related:  Joe Biden says voter ID push driven by hatred


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Holder's Justice Department defends the right of non-citizens to vote

The previous item describes Holder's attempt to let felons vote.

Today, J. Christian Adams is reporting that Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court today trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.

The Election Assistance Commission said no, so Kris Kobach went to federal court. Enter Eric Holder’s Justice Department, as usual, opposing election integrity measures.

Despite harping about resource concerns (which apparently means that the DOJ can do nothing about corrupted voter rolls), Holder found the time and money to send Bradley Heard to a hearing in Kansas to argue against Kobach’s election integrity measures.

Things didn’t go well for Bradley Heard before Judge Eric Melgren today. The Wichita Eagle:

Judge Eric Melgren repeatedly pressed Department of Justice lawyer Bradley Heard to explain how a Supreme Court decision last year on Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship law allows the federal Election Assistance Commission to reject requests from Arizona and Kansas to add state-law requirements to the instructions for filling out the voting form.

“The single pivotal question in this case is who gets to decide … what’s necessary” to establish citizenship for voting, Melgren said.

Heard said that decision lies with the EAC under the federal National Voter Registration Act, also known as the motor-voter law. He said the law empowers the commission to decide what questions and proofs are necessary to include in the federal registration form.

Take note, Heard argued both that Kobach can’t take steps to prevent foreigners to register to vote, and, that federal government power over state elections is supreme.

So who is Bradley Heard?

Hans von Spakovsky wrote about Heard’s background in the PJ Media Every Single One Series installment on the DOJ Voting Section:

Before joining the Voting Section, Mr. Heard worked for a number of years at the Advancement Project, a radical left-wing voting organization. The Advancement Project has worked closely with the ACLU, NAACP LDF, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and other liberal advocates to oppose voter ID statutes, felon disenfranchisement laws, and citizenship verification regulations, and to take myriad other militant positions on state and federal voting rights laws. Mr. Heard fit right in at the Advancement Project, having previously founded the Georgia Voter Empowerment Project, which describes its mission as increasing the “civic participation levels of progressive-minded Georgians.”

Amusingly, before moving to Washington, Mr. Heard had a nasty breakup with his plaintiff’s civil rights firm in Atlanta. He commenced litigation against his partners, who in turn claimed he was engaging in misconduct. Heard then sought criminal arrest warrants against his former partners, charging that they had engaged in false voter registration and voting by an unqualified elector, both felonies. The court declined to issue the warrants.

When Bradley Heard isn’t suing his law partners or trying to make it easier for non-citizens to register to vote, he runs this “activist” blog called Prince George’s Urbanist. There, Heard rails about various left wing causes like changing the name of the Redskins and urging family unfriendly government mandates on development.  His Twitter feed (@BradleyHeard) calls himself a “Voting Rights Gladiator. . . Outside Agitator.”

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Eric Holder wants to return voting rights to 5.8 million felons

Kelly Riddell is reporting that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the states should let felons vote after they have served their sentences -- a move that would disproportionately expand the number of minority voters and thus help the Democratic Party in elections.

"It is time to fundamentally reconsider laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision," Holder said in a speech at Georgetown University.

Not allowing felons to vote after they have been punished for their crimes makes it harder for them to reintegrate into society and may lead to further criminal action, he said.

"These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive," Holder said. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes."

The Justice Department cannot force states to change their voting laws, but Holder hopes to use his clout as the nation’s top law enforcer to persuade them. Laws barring felons from voting disproportionately affects the black and Hispanic populations, as the majority of inmates are minorities.

The Justice Department said an estimated 5.8 million Americans are not allowed to vote because of current or previous felony convictions, and of those, 38 percent are black.

"At worst, these laws, with their disparate impact on minority communities, echo policies enacted during a deeply troubled period in America’s past -- a time of post-Civil War repression," Holder said. "They have their roots in centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus and fear."

Democrats would benefit politically if disenfranchised felons were allowed to vote, as the majority of them identify with that party, according to a 2002 study conducted by Northwestern University.

In an article released by The New Yorker magazine, Holder says that restoring and expanding voting rights is one of his top priorities.


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Report says Eric Holder will step down this year

Kelly Riddell is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will step down this year.  Holder revealed his intent in an interview with the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin in the magazine’s Feb. 17 edition.

In a feature article, Holder said he plans on staying in his position "well into" the year.

Last November, Holder, the first black attorney general, told CBS News he didn’t have "any plans" to step down.

Holder has made voting rights the test case of his tenure, the New Yorker reported. He has been a vocal critic of the Supreme Court case that invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act and has supported Congressional action to renew and revise the law.

During his five years as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Holder has also weighed in on other controversial Supreme Court decisions. Holder said he wouldn’t defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and over the weekend announced the Department of Justice’s plans to give same-sex couples the same rights in the federal legal system as married heterosexual couples, regardless of whether a state recognizes same sex marriage.

"Well into" the year clearly means after the election.

Obama will most likely appoint Mumia's radical, race-obsessed lawyer Debo Adegbile, who was recently appointed to the DoJ, as Holder's replacement.


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NAACP demands photo ID for attendees to join protest against photo ID laws

You just can't make this stuff up (click image for larger copy -- ESC to return).

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Pundit Press is reporting that the NAACP will be holding a march to protest voter ID laws. In order to attend, all members are required to bring along a photo ID.

In a flier entitled “Important Dos and Don’ts for Marchers!!!,” the NAACP state at the top that all protesters conduct themselves “in accordance with the historic custom of the Civil Rights Movement.” They should also listen to their “marshals at all times” and follow the “Dos” and “Don’ts” underneath the opening paragraph…

…In the middle of the list, however, is a drastically ironic “Do.” To go to the rally, you are asked to have “photo identification (driver’s license, passport or other valid photo id) with you and keep it on your person at all times.”

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Cross posted from the "DoJ 'servile relationship' with Muslims" thread.

The Dept of Justice is being turned into an anti-American criminal defense organization.  This is a total inversion of our intended govt, and its function. Definitely a "Fundamental Change" to the ObamaNation. 

Obama and his minions are now demonstrating that they are willful, knowingly, intentional enemies of the American People and our Constitutional Republic. It is time that we must recognize that fact.  "Hope & Change" is not just a 'socialist buzz-word' anymore, but a threat to our nation, economy, culture, and even civilization.


I serious don't think there is any other way to look at it anymore. At least not rationally.  There has been a constant trend this way since Holder said he would not prosecute the NBPP for Voter Intimidation, right after Obamas inauguration.
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Where did I get the mistaken idea that the U S AG is supposed to be AG to all the people, not just the Dems.  This is an administration by, for, and of leftist democracts.  All others remain unrepresented, expect for a handful in Congress.
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You must have a photo ID to attend the Democratic Convention, so why not to vote?

Because the Democrats want only the documented "Socialist Democrat Faithful" in THEIR Convention. However they want (and need) massive vote fraud in General Elections.

Photos on EBT and Food stamp cards is a good idea, but also "racist" because it would cut into the fraud and waste. Fraud and waste, as well as vote fraud, are a large part of the Socialist Democrat's Cloward-Pivens Strategy. It really is a criminal conspiracy that deserves prosecution under the RICO Act with RICO type punishments.

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Here’s the latest reason Eric Holder thinks you’re racist

B. Christopher Agee says Attorney General Eric Holder can scarcely last a week without accusing a huge swath of the American population of being hate-mongering racists. That familiar refrain repeated again this week when he cast such aspersion on those who want to curtail voter fraud.

During a recent MSNBC interview, Holder touched on the issue of voter identification laws, explaining his belief that much of the advocacy in favor of their implementation is based on some innate bigotry against minorities.

While he said the Justice Department is “not opposed to photo identification in a vacuum,” he alleged that Republicans use such measures as a means of “partisan advantage.”

In one respect, one could argue it is advantageous for a party continually oppressed by voter fraud to endorse effort to stem the tide. Of course, Holder’s true accusation is that the GOP is full of racists who don’t want minorities to vote.

“It is being used in too many instances to depress the vote of particular groups of people who are not supportive of the party that is advancing these photo ID measures,” he claimed.

For some reason, Holder believes members of his own race are incapable of obtaining a valid photo ID -- despite the fact that such proof is needed for a litany of other common activities. Despite his rhetoric, however, the underlying intention of those who oppose commonsense measures like voter ID laws is to preserve the culture of election fraud that has undoubtedly led to recent Democrat victories.

In much the same way as granting legal status to illegal immigrants, leftists realize the only way to guarantee future electoral wins is by cheating. Democrats routinely advocate for laws allowing illegals to obtain valid ID in the U.S. while somehow contending that minority citizens are being prevented from visiting the DMV for the same service.

He expressed support of legal action against those who act to implement voter identification policies.

“If we can show that photo ID efforts are done inappropriately and for improper reasons,” he explained, “That ought to be the basis for federal intervention.”

While there has been no such evidence thus far in the widespread campaign to combat voter fraud, Holder and his minions nonetheless have no qualms about castigating its supporters.

Simple solution -- put photos on EBT and food stamp cards.


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Before he died, the very racist Nelson Mandela urged voters to get a voter id

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Mexico's voter ID requirement

Grumpy Opinions is reporting that, contrary to what Team Obama would have you believe, voter IDs should not bother Mexican immigrants at all. Mexico uses a national ID system. You need a national ID do anything from vote for to buy beer. So when Obama's racist friends at LaRaza tell you that it’s unfair to expect people to be able to prove their identity, remind them that is part of Mexico’s culture.

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