Let me ask you a simple question:
When you go to the DMV to get a driver’s license, don’t you have to show identification proving you are who you say you are?
When you go to the Post Office to get a passport, don’t you have to show valid identification proving you are who you say you are?
When you go buy something in a store without using cash, don’t you have to show your driver’s license to prove you are who your credit or debit card says you are?
Then why is it that when we go to the voting booth to exercise one of the most important acts as an American citizen, we shouldn’t produce valid ID to prove we are who we say we are? And if you favor voter ID, you’re called a racist?
To prevent voter fraud, many states have passed voter-ID laws. Some of those states even provide a valid identification for free to residents who do not have a driver’s license.
The Supreme Court has upheld those voter ID laws.
But the Obama administration is attacking those exact same laws, using the contorted justification that asking for voter ID discriminates against minorities.
Really? Does Obama have such a low opinion of America’s racial/ethnic minorities that he thinks they’re too stupid to know how to acquire a voter ID card?
Judicial Watch reports, Dec. 7, 2011, that the Obama Administration is once again utilizing the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a political tool, this time to challenge voter identification laws.
The powerful chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is calling ID laws a “full-scale assault” on minority voters designed to “rig” elections for Republicans.
Eight states have strict laws that require a voter to provide picture identification in order to cast a ballot. All but two of the states—Georgia and Indiana—passed their measures this year. But the DOJ’s bloated civil rights division says those measures are “discriminatory” in purpose or effect. Targets of the DOJ’s discrimination probe are Kansas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi.
Reiterating the administration’s “commitment to robust civil rights enforcement,” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez confirmed last week that DOJ lawyers are reviewing some of the recently-enacted state laws to ensure that they are not racially discriminatory. “We have received numerous inquiries about recently enacted state laws relating to voter identification requirements, voter registration requirements and changes to early voting procedures,” Perez said, adding that “we are carefully reviewing these laws.”
In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, ruling that the state’s interest in protecting the integrity of the voting process outweighed the insufficiently proven burdens the law may impose on voters. “There is no question about the legitimacy or importance of the State’s interest in counting only the votes of eligible voters,” the nation’s highest court said in its decision.
The ruling makes the DOJ’s aggressive intervention all the more questionable, like some of its other politically-motivated actions. Earlier this year Judicial Watch obtained internal government records that show political appointees at the DOJ ordered a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party dismissed. Clad in military attire and armed with weapons, members of the radical group intimidated white voters with racial insults and profanity during the 2008 presidential election and were scheduled to be prosecuted.
H/t beloved fellow Tina.
Democrats have engaged in voter fraud in 2008 and, most recently, in 2010. Head of the DOJ and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder even admitted that he wouldn’t prosecute the New Black Panthers ’cause they’re “his people.” It’s high time we start calling the DOJ under Obama the Department of Injustice.
Maybe that’s why, more than a year ago, the DOJ changed its website’s banner from the red-white-and-blue to this ominous black: