A couple months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, more or less nullified the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) in a case brought by Shelby County in the state of Alabama. The people of Shelby County argued that as the racial discrimination conditions that made the VRA necessary no longer exist, there is no reason for their voting laws to need to be subject to Federal oversight.
A majority of the Supreme Court justices agreed (so do the vast majority of the American people) and subsequently, a couple of the nine states named in the legislation have changed their laws joining the ten others that require all Americans voting to present a state issued photo identification card to prove that they are the person they say they are. (North Carolina, not named in the original VRA, joined the list a couple weeks ago.) Mississippi and Texas, being two of the nine states named in the original VRA law, both passed legislation since Obama has occupied the Oval Office requiring photo ID – and both are in limbo and are not allowed to let the laws take effect until the Justice Department says it’s okay.
When a snowball survives in hell or until Eric Holder is dynamited out of the Attorney General’s office.
It looks like Texas is going to push ahead anyway, and AG Eric Holder is pulling out all the stops to derail the effort.
Just like he called the AG in Florida and told him to stop removing the dead from the voter rolls before the 2012 presidential election.
Over the weekend, former Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired General Colin Powell, made an idiot of himself (and lost the respect of a lot of Americans) by repeating the Hillary Clinton/progressive line that, “requirements like voter ID “are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote.”
Never mind that blacks and Hispanics are voting in record numbers and higher percentages than whites or that identifying oneself goes much faster at the polls with a driver’s license, state ID or passport, as the poll workers only need one of those and don’t have to question a gas bill.
Powell very much echoed what Juan Williams had to say two weeks ago when the Fox All-Star panel discussed the new voter ID law in North Carolina:
What made this segment striking the night it aired, was that Dr. Krauthammer made the ultimate point of the entire voting argument: every fraudulent vote that cancels a legitimate one, DISENFRANCHISES the person whose vote was cancelled.
That’s it. That’s the difference, and any honest person, politician or not, should be able to discern it. And, seriously, contrary to the claims by the left that the widespread elections fraud has never been proven, there are cases being prosecuted in several states. (And that’s not including not removing the dead from the voter roles. That’s been going on since before drivers licenses existed.)
To their great credit, there are a number of blacks, Hispanics and other “disenfranchised” peoples who agree. If one needs to produce a photo ID to buy alcohol and tobacco, use a credit card, buy cold medicine – you name it – then there is no reason to not request one at the polls. Honest people have no problem with this.
So, that begs the question: Why is the Justice Department so anxious to stop the states from enacting voting laws that require a valid, state issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot?
Additional reading: Holder Tangles with Texas