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Holder: DOJ Will ‘Vigorously Use’ Voting Rights Act Against States
CNSNews.com ^ | June 7, 2012 | Matt Cover

Posted on 06/07/2012 10:58:22 AM PDT by CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday that the Justice Department will “vigorously use” anti-Jim Crow provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to prevent some southern states from purging ineligible voters from their rolls and enacting voter-I.D. laws.

"It is the position of this Department of Justice and certainly this Attorney General that we will vigorously defend and vigorously use Section 5. The need for it is still there."

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires several southern states and counties in states such as California and Florida to get federal “pre-clearance” before they change any voting eligibility laws or voting requirements or procedures.

Originally, the provision was designed to combat the legacy of racist Jim Crow laws passed in some states to prevent black people from voting.

Although Holder stressed the "need" to “vigorously use” Section 5, he did not say which states he thinks are pursuing racist policies that require Justice Department interference.

The Justice Department recently cited Section 5 in a letter to the state of Florida ordering it to stop an ongoing effort to purge ineligible voters from its rolls, focusing on illegal immigrants in particular. Five Florida counties are required to gain pre-clearance from Justice under Section 5.

Justice also blocked a South Carolina voter-I.D. law in December 2011, saying it violated Section 5’s prohibition on racially discriminatory voting laws. In March 2012, the department also blocked a Texas voter-I.D. law again saying that the requirement that people show a photo-I.D. to vote was racial discrimination.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Florida; US: South Carolina; US: Texas
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1 posted on 06/07/2012 10:58:23 AM PDT by CNSNews.com
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I wish someone would tell Holder to sit down and shut up!


2 posted on 06/07/2012 11:03:10 AM PDT by basil
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"Holder: DOJ Will ‘Vigorously Use’ Voting Rights Act Illegally Against States"

There, that's better. Nothing like protecting illegal voters by disenfranchising legally registered voters. This Administration has done more to racially divide this nation than any Administration in recent memory.

3 posted on 06/07/2012 11:03:31 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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Maybe the plan is to use these laws to reject Electoral College members from certain states?


4 posted on 06/07/2012 11:03:31 AM PDT by DBrow
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Impeach him... after the election charge him and if found guilty... let Justice truly be done!

LLS


5 posted on 06/07/2012 11:05:00 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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What the hell does voter I’d laws I’d have to do with jim crow? Impeach this SOB. This is blatant politicization of the DOJ.


6 posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:50 AM PDT by plain talk
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There is no court that could possibly go along with this.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits states from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color."

So how does this apply to any laws aimed at NON citizens?

7 posted on 06/07/2012 11:08:23 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (My dog, yes. My wife, maybe. My gun....NEVER!)
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To: CNSNews.com

I cannot understand why this piece of garbage is not in jail yet.


8 posted on 06/07/2012 11:08:45 AM PDT by Bayan
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_v._Marion_County_Election_Board

Supreme Court settled this 4 years ago.


9 posted on 06/07/2012 11:10:02 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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Holder claims tha Voting Rights Act of 1965 was intended to facilitate vote fraud.

Holder is wrong.


10 posted on 06/07/2012 11:10:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Connie Mack (R-FL) is one of the seven GOP members in the House Oversight committee that has not agreed to vote for a Contempt of Congress citation against Holder.

The action the Holder is threatening is directed at Florida.

Perhaps Mr. Mack could now be persuaded to vote for the CoC citation?


11 posted on 06/07/2012 11:10:13 AM PDT by kidd
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To: CNSNews.com

H0lder is working fast and furiously on vote runnin’.


12 posted on 06/07/2012 11:10:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CNSNews.com

Holder is looking for the Scott Walker treatment in Florida. Bring it!


13 posted on 06/07/2012 11:14:35 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: CNSNews.com

I feel like I’m living in a parallel universe.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 11:17:21 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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15 posted on 06/07/2012 11:17:34 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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Well, nothing like clarification of his position. Holder is all-in vs. the people the United States.


16 posted on 06/07/2012 11:18:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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He should appear before Congress sooner rather than later to explain what exactly he intends to do. I perceive his comments as intending to enable fraud, perhaps a RICO act against our AG?

I find it difficult to imagine how any US Citizen would not have some form of ID. A form of ID is required for some of the most basic (a job, a bank account) or inane things (a store shopping card, a fishing liscense).

If the concern is that cost in obtaining ID is a barrier, then perhaps the Mr. Holder’s push should be back upon the State and/or Federal Government to provide ID for a lesser, if not zero, sum?


17 posted on 06/07/2012 11:19:45 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: CNSNews.com

The States need to tell the DOJ to stuff it.

Section 5 cannot be used to cause a State to break its own laws, not abrogate their Constitutional responsibility to provide equal protection to all voters.

The DOJ has not provided any PROOF of discrimination or other alleged misdeeds.

The States should tie up the matter in appeals, past Election Day, while making their Voter ID laws in effect for the November elections.

Congress can also pass a budget that strips all enforcement monies specifically from Section 5. Problem solved.


18 posted on 06/07/2012 11:19:55 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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It’s about time for the voting rights act to be repealed.


19 posted on 06/07/2012 11:21:14 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. and the economy died.)
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I imagine any use, vigorous or otherwise, of the VRA will come closer to the election so that the vigorous smackdown from federal courts will come after the election.


20 posted on 06/07/2012 11:24:47 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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The corrupt scumbag Holder speaks on behalf of the most corrupt and sleazy justice department in history.
I love it that Florida’s Governor Scott told Ubama and his pack of race-hustling scumbags to go play in the street.


21 posted on 06/07/2012 11:25:50 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: denydenydeny
This is an important development … in 2000 the Florida margin in Bush v. ALGORE was only 537 votes

Send Gov Scott an email showing your support

“If the effect of the NVRA (Motor Voter) is to force a state to allow never-eligible non-citizens the opportunity to vote,” he wrote, “then the statute might violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, which guarantees that the right to vote cannot be denied by a dilution of the weight of a citizen’s vote.”

As for the Voting Rights Act claim, Detzner wrote, Florida already received federal permission to remove noncitizens, which is clearly spelled out in Florida law.

What’s more, the Voting Rights Act applies to only five Florida counties — Monroe, Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee and Hendry — and not the other 62 in Florida, including Miami-Dade, where about 1,600 of the 2,700 potential noncitizens were initially identified by the state in a database created by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

About 500 people in Miami-Dade have been found to be lawful citizens and voters, and 13 noncitizens have been found. Two of them might have voted and could face prosecution. The county has been unable to verify the citizenship of more than 1,100 others.

Assuming the purge halts, those people could vote this year — even if some are noncitizens.

"Not a single eligible voter as far, as I know, has been removed from the voter rolls," Scott said Wednesday on WNDB radio in Daytona Beach, according to a News Service of Florida transcript. "Not one. And we’re working to keep it that way."

"Their vote should not be diluted by people who don’t have the right to vote," Scott said. "We need to be reviewing our voter rolls and making sure only those individuals who have the right to vote … are voting."

“This hardly seems like an approach earnestly designed to protect the integrity of elections and to ensure that eligible voters have their votes counted,” said the letter, written by Scott’s hand-picked secretary of state, Ken Detzner, a fellow Republican.

Detzner also submitted a list of four questions that he wants the DOJ to answer:

LETTER HERE

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22 posted on 06/07/2012 11:26:34 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: CNSNews.com

Seems like the dems think blacks can do nothing for themselves and must be led to the polls and have their hands held and even told how they should, and even must vote.

I always thought blacks, like everyone else, should be responsible enough to do those things themselves.

Who are the racists among us again?


23 posted on 06/07/2012 11:33:58 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: DBrow

If Obama loses this election, the administration just may try to use the VRA to disallow electors which go to the challenger.

Wow. Let’s all keep our powder dry.


24 posted on 06/07/2012 11:37:51 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: BenLurkin
The Left thinks that anything they don't like is “racist”.

They need Mandy Patinkin to tell them that “I don't think that word means what you think it means”

25 posted on 06/07/2012 11:44:14 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: onedoug

“and even told how they should, and even must vote.”

Just go in, get the butterfly ballot, and punch the third one down.


26 posted on 06/07/2012 11:47:16 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: CNSNews.com

The civil rights and voting acts beginning from 1866 through 1965 were all sponsored by Republicans and fiercely (sometimes violently) opposed by Democrats.

The fact that he would site this in regards to keeping illegals and dead people off the voting rolls is so ludicrous it’s criminal.


27 posted on 06/07/2012 11:53:45 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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How about enforcing existing voter intimidation laws Eric Holder? Remember the New Black Panther incidents, you POS?


28 posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:26 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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Against States !!!

Says it all right there.

29 posted on 06/07/2012 11:57:43 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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How does the voting rights act prevent removing dead people and illegals from the voter roles?

I dont recal anything in the voting rights act protecting dead people’s rights to vote


30 posted on 06/07/2012 12:14:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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Methinks I will start a list...

Holder. Ratke. Trumpka. Pelosi. Van Jones. Reid. Sunstein. Solis. Carney. Napolitano. 0bama. Sebilius. Chu. Sotomayor. Geitner. Soros. Shultz. Hoffa...

...feel free to add to this list.

This list is for future reference.

5.56mm

31 posted on 06/07/2012 12:18:41 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Bayan

“I cannot understand why this piece of garbage is not in jail yet.”

###

Cowardly, aisle-crossing, career-minded weaklings infesting the Republican party, who had their alleged manhood removed in the middle-of-the night by the Gonad Fairy.


32 posted on 06/07/2012 12:23:27 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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Without grandstanding, the regime's got nothing.

33 posted on 06/07/2012 12:32:13 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: plain talk

What the hell does voter I’d laws I’d have to do with jim crow? Impeach this SOB. This is blatant politicization of the DOJ.

I volunteer at our local Hospice. Today I noticed that patients must have a legal ID—like a driver’s license. I guess you even need a photo ID to die, but not one to vote!


34 posted on 06/07/2012 12:42:23 PM PDT by RightLady (Throw the Traitors out)
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Gotta do something with it - he ain't usin’ it against the Black Panthers.
35 posted on 06/07/2012 12:50:31 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: CNSNews.com

AG Holder will vigorously defend the rights of dead voters everywhere, how dare the States disenfranchise the deceased!


36 posted on 06/07/2012 12:50:53 PM PDT by PT57A
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You know what? I say do it, and let the DOJ sue. Take me to court, bitches.


37 posted on 06/07/2012 12:55:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: M Kehoe

If you need more people for your list of people to hate, check my home page.


38 posted on 06/07/2012 1:01:35 PM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: PATRIOT1876
The Left thinks that anything they don't like is “racist”.

I'm not sure this is true. They have, however, found that an accusation of "racism" successfully causes their opponents to stop arguing.

39 posted on 06/07/2012 1:05:10 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: kidd
That would be great but mack is not one to tow the line... he has been more dim than republican lately.

LLS

40 posted on 06/07/2012 1:06:59 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Lazamataz
Good afternoon my FRiend. That is an impressive list.

For the record, I don't hate anyone. Emotion can interfere with fire control discipline. Kinda like "buck fever."

5.56mm

41 posted on 06/07/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: RightLady

Right. One has to have an ID to do almost anything in this society except vote. This issue should be confronted head on and dealt with. The liberals want to preserve their voter fraud games and we need to shut that down.


42 posted on 06/07/2012 2:29:43 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: RightLady

Right. One has to have an ID to do almost anything in this society except vote. This issue should be confronted head on and dealt with. The liberals want to preserve their voter fraud games and we need to shut that down.


43 posted on 06/07/2012 2:38:55 PM PDT by plain talk
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Sounds like the Federal Government has officially declared war on the states...if the states band together the states will win.

The fed gov’t has been overstepping the bounds,for many years with special intensity for the last three years, enough is enough already.


44 posted on 06/07/2012 3:06:25 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: M Kehoe; Lazamataz
Good evening, M & Laz.

Gov Scott has told the DoJ to pound sand ........................................ FRegards

45 posted on 06/07/2012 3:11:55 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The key elements are procedure... on account of race or color."

While poll taxes and literacy tests arguably applied only to blacks particularly in their enforcement, it is hard to see how requiring an ID card would. Unless you could show that this procedure was enforced only against a certain race or color. There is no evidence of that as the law is written or implemented.

46 posted on 06/07/2012 3:56:00 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Snickering Hound

Have you read Souter’s and Breyer’s dissents?


47 posted on 06/07/2012 3:57:11 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: CNSNews.com

Anyone hired in the DOJ during the Obama regime needs to be fired and investigated for any illegal activity. Starting at the top.


48 posted on 06/07/2012 4:46:03 PM PDT by matt04
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To: mass55th

Yeah, so much for “hope and change” “yes, we can” and that joke of “unity”

Wake up, America...these people are evil.


49 posted on 06/07/2012 5:38:21 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Fat, drunk and stupid = Dumb, dependent, and Democrat)
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To: ChocChipCookie

We’ve been in one for the past 3 years. :(

Buckle up, it’s only gonna get worse.


50 posted on 06/07/2012 7:41:31 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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