The same highly political DOJ that stopped a slam dunk prosecution for voter intimidation of voters by members of the New Black Panthers has put a stop to South Carolina requiring ID to vote, and plays the race card
(Washington Post) The Obama administration entered the fierce national debate over voting rights, rejecting South Carolina’s new law requiring photo identification at the polls and saying it discriminated against minority voters.
At least the WP correctly identified that this comes from the Obama administration, highlighting the political nature of the decision.
Friday’s decision by the Justice Department could heighten political tensions over eight state voter ID statutes passed this year, which critics say could hurt turnout among minorities and others who helped elect President Obama in 2008. Conservatives and other supporters say the tighter laws are needed to combat voter fraud.
Justice Department lawyers, facing intense pressure from civil rights groups to act against the new laws, are still reviewing Texas’s statute.
In its first decision on the laws, Justice’s Civil Rights Division said South Carolina’s statute is discriminatory because its registered minority voters are nearly 20 percent more likely than whites to lack a state-issued photo ID. Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina is one of a number of states that are required to receive federal “pre-clearance” on voting changes to ensure that they don’t hurt minorities’ political power.
That seems rather racist/bigoted, doesn’t it? The Obama/Holder politicized DOJ is essentially saying that Blacks are 20% more likely than Caucasians to be too incompetent to get a state ID. Do you know how much a S.C. identification card costs? Five whole dollars. Is the Justice Department saying that Blacks have such poor work habits that they cannot earn $5? That is racist/bigoted.
The Lonely Conservative: If it’s discriminatory to require people to show ID to vote, why is it not discriminatory to require identification when flying, driving a vehicle, purchasing alcohol or cigarettes, entering a state or federal building or cashing a check? (WT – or entering an Obama campaign event?)
Scared Monkeys: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is correct in calling the actions of the DOJ outrageous.Presently, the SC voter ID law requires and individual to show one of five forms of photo identification.
DaleyGator: Obama’s Justice Department acting in a politically partisan fashion? Imagine that