WSJ: Holder Works to Undo High-Court Voting-Rights Decision

Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 12:35 PM

By Dan Weil

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Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to erase the Supreme Court's ruling on voting rights for political reasons, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial.

And he doesn't care whether his efforts will harm racial harmony in the country. All he cares about is getting Democratic votes, the paper claims.

"Portraying voter ID laws as racist helped to drive Democratic voter turnout among minorities in 2012, and the White House wants a repeat in 2014. Never mind if the suits eventually fail in court. The goal is to elect more Democrats in the meantime, even if it means needlessly increasing racial polarization."

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The Supreme Court ruled in June that due to racial progress, a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer justified.

"But the U.S. attorney general has launched a campaign to undo the decision state-by-state. His latest target is North Carolina," Journal editors write.

That state implemented a law in August that requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID to cast their ballots. Those who have none one still can fill out a provisional ballot dependent on their return with a photo ID.

The law also reduces the number of early-voting days to 10 from 17 and halts a program that pre-registered high school students before they were 18.

"According to Mr. Holder, this amounts to a shocking return to the Jim Crow era," the editorial says. "He describes these modest measures to secure the integrity of the ballot as 'aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African Americans.'"

The Justice Department is suing North Carolina to put it back under the federal supervision of the Voting Rights Act for any voting-law changes.

"The Supreme Court held in June that such federal 'preclearance' under Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act had outlived its usefulness in states where black and white voter registration and participation rates are roughly equal," the editorial says.

But that wasn't enough for Holder. "[He] wants to haul North Carolina and Texas back into long-term federal supervision through a back door," the editorial says. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Justice-Dept-Voting/2013/08/22/id/521816

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