Skip to comments.South Carolina GOP Rep. Eviscerates Claims That Voter ID Laws Are Racist During Hearing
Posted on 04/17/2013 7:09:21 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
During a hearing into the constitutionality of voter identification laws enacted across the country, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tore into claims by the Department of Justice that those laws were racially discriminatory. In the space of five minutes, Gowdy knocked down the claims, one by one, that a voter ID law passed in South Carolina in 2011 discriminated against African-Americans or was dissimilar to laws the Justice Department had cleared in a variety of other states.
Gowdy began by noting that, when the Palmetto States voter identification law was passed, a third of the states congressional delegation were African-American; former GOP Rep. Tim Scott and Democratic Rep. James Clyburn.
He went on to say that Scott is now one of two African-American U.S. senators and the states governor is also of minority descent.
Further to same, South Carolinas voter ID law was similar if not less restrictive than those DOJ had pre-cleared in New Hampshire, Virginia, and Georgia, Gowdy continued. And, moreover, South Carolinas plan was similar, if not less restrictive, to plans approved outside of DOJ pre-clearance in states like Tennessee, Kansas, Indiana which, incidentally, was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court Idaho, South Dakota, and Michigan.
He went on to say that the law passed in South Carolina made it easier for individuals to acquire a photo ID and to cast provisional ballots.
Gowdy turned to the professor who was testifying before the committee on the discriminatory nature of voter identification laws. There was a 1.6 percent difference in African-Americans who had accepted photo IDs acceptable photo IDs and white South Carolinians, Gowdy said. 20 years ago, when I was working on voting rights cases, that was considered de minimis.
Now, it costs South Carolina $3.5 million to defend that 1.6 percent difference, Gowdy said of a legal challenge to that law which the state eventually won. He added that those who did not have identification cannot enter a federal court house, board an aircraft, or enter the chambers of Congress all of those activities require photo identification.
Im sorry for the Department of Justice that they put politics ahead of the law, Gowdy concluded.
Watch the hearing below
I tried to embed a link to the video, but was unsuccessful. The video can be viewed at the Mediaite site.
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The problem is that they WANT a corruptible system so they can steal elections.
Well harrumph! That's just down right racist! Someone needs to report this to the Department of Justice!
...... Sadly my friend ...... you speak the sober truth .... and the stark reality of what this now corrupted Nation has become.
.... Our enemies are at the gates ... and we invite them in freely... and without question ... to facilitate the "new currency" of our once great nation .... VOTES!
He is fast becoming one of my favorite Congress Critter.
The label racism/racist is just a distraction by the emotionally retarded politicians.
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I would like to be on your list. My respect for him went sky high during the benghazi ‘hearings’....he is the real deal. Thank you
Perhaps Rep. Gowdy would like to become a US Senator, replacing Linda Graham?
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We’ve been keeping an eye on Trey Gowdy for quite a while. He seems like he has a very level head, and he’s not going to take any crap from the left. We really like him. Wish he’d run in 2016.
Thank you for the pings. When so many of our GOPes are caving, Rep. Gowdy stands tall in Conservatism and common sense.
Congressman Gowdy, permit me to introduce Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona.