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South Carolina GOP Rep. Eviscerates Claims That Voter ID Laws Are Racist During Hearing
Mediaite ^ | 4/17/2013 | Noah Rothman

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 State’s voter identification law was passed, a third of the state’s 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 state’s governor is also of minority descent.

“Further to same, South Carolina’s 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 Carolina’s 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.

“I’m sorry for the Department of Justice that they put politics ahead of the law,” Gowdy concluded.

Watch the hearing below


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Georgia; US: Idaho; US: Indiana; US: Kansas; US: Michigan; US: New Hampshire; US: South Carolina; US: South Dakota; US: Tennessee; US: Virginia
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1 posted on 04/17/2013 7:09:21 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: upchuck
I really like Trey Gowdy!
2 posted on 04/17/2013 7:12:40 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: jeannineinsd

I tried to embed a link to the video, but was unsuccessful. The video can be viewed at the Mediaite site.


3 posted on 04/17/2013 7:13:09 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: jeannineinsd
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4 posted on 04/17/2013 7:14:26 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: jeannineinsd; upchuck

For your Trey Gowdy ping list.


5 posted on 04/17/2013 7:15:12 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: R_Kangel

The problem is that they WANT a corruptible system so they can steal elections.


6 posted on 04/17/2013 7:19:09 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: jeannineinsd
"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."

Well harrumph! That's just down right racist! Someone needs to report this to the Department of Justice!

7 posted on 04/17/2013 7:19:30 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: jeannineinsd
Maybe republicans are finally starting to get up on their hind legs.

SOME republicans.

8 posted on 04/17/2013 7:24:09 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"... They WANT a corruptible system so they can steal elections."

...... 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!

9 posted on 04/17/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: jeannineinsd

He is fast becoming one of my favorite Congress Critter.


10 posted on 04/17/2013 7:31:43 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: jeannineinsd

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11 posted on 04/17/2013 7:42:29 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: jeannineinsd

The label racism/racist is just a distraction by the emotionally retarded politicians.


12 posted on 04/17/2013 7:54:13 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yep!


13 posted on 04/17/2013 7:58:08 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: jeannineinsd; ab01; Gator113; Gene Eric; gitmogrunt; JPG; notaliberal; prairiebreeze; Qwackertoo; ..
Thanks for the ping. Mr. Gowdy does SC proud.


Trey
Gowdy
Ping!

Want on or off this ping list? Just drop me a FReep mail.

14 posted on 04/17/2013 8:31:05 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks jeannineinsd.


15 posted on 04/17/2013 8:32:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: upchuck

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


16 posted on 04/17/2013 8:33:43 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Offended!)
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To: jeannineinsd

Perhaps Rep. Gowdy would like to become a US Senator, replacing Linda Graham?


17 posted on 04/17/2013 8:33:47 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck

Thanks, upchuck!

Trey Gowdy bump!


18 posted on 04/17/2013 8:53:28 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

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.


19 posted on 04/17/2013 9:33:06 PM PDT by calicoblaze
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To: upchuck; SunkenCiv

Thank you for the pings. When so many of our GOPes are caving, Rep. Gowdy stands tall in Conservatism and common sense.


20 posted on 04/18/2013 7:57:19 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Congressman Gowdy, permit me to introduce Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona.


21 posted on 04/29/2013 4:22:28 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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