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Justice Department Election Monitors Dispatched as Holder Slams ID Laws

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 12:12 PM

The Justice Department announced Monday it will send election monitors to 18 states for the midterm elections, a practice that dates back to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but Attorney General Eric Holder quickly politicized the traditionally nonpartisan exercise in an accompanying video.

In the short speech, Holder, who has come under increasing criticism for politicizing his office, states his partisan opinions on voter ID laws as fact.

While even the U.S. Supreme Court has long recognized voter ID laws as an election safeguard against fraud, Holder calls them "restrictive," "burdensome," and "out of step with history" in the video.

Last month, Holder challenged a Texas voter ID law "described as the toughest in the nation," according to The Washington Post. The Supreme Court upheld the law, handing a defeat to the agency, and reinforcing photo IDs as a measure to prevent voting fraud.

Holder called the decision a "major step backward," while deputy communications director for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released a statement that said, "The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are a legal and sensible way to protect the integrity of elections."

On Monday, conservative guerrilla filmmaker James O'Keefe went undercover in North Carolina voting precincts to show how easy it was to commit election fraud and get away with it.

In the video released by O'Keefe to the Daily Mail, he shows he's able to obtain the ballots of 20 different residents with no resistance.

"They were willing to pass out fraudulently obtained ballots like it was Halloween candy," he said of poll workers.

In April, O'Keefe was offered Eric Holder's personal ballot simply by asking for it.



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The Justice Department announced Monday it will send election monitors to 18 states for the midterm elections, a practice that dates back to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but Attorney General Eric Holder quickly politicized the traditionally nonpartisan exercise in an accompanying video.
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