In another shot at the integrity of our voting system by the Department of Justice, DOJ Ruling Opens Floodgates for ACORN-registered Non-Citizens to Vote in Georgia!!
In a stunning ruling, Obama’s Dep’t of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has ruled that Georgia’s basic requirements of verification of citizenship of voters is “discriminatory” under the federal Voting Rights Act. Georgia is the 2nd State (along with Arizona) to require verification of citizenship of voters. (The Arizona voter-citizenship requirement, from which the Georgia requirement was patterned, was previously approved under the Bush Dep’t of Justice.) However, Obama’s DOJ ruled that Georgia’s voter-citizenship requirement was discriminatory. Loretta King, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said, “This flawed system frequently subjects a disproportionate number of African-American, Asian and/or Hispanic voters to additional, and more importantly, erroneous burdens on the right to register to vote.” In actuality, the Georgia law required only verification by matching Social Security card and photo-ID driver’s license; it did not require a U.S. passport, however, even this simple requirement was viewed as discriminatory by the Holder DOJ. The ACLU and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) opposed the Georgia voter-citizenship requirement and lauded Eric Holder’s decision.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s response is here. In part,
“The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification process shows a shocking disregard for the integrity of our elections. With this decision, DOJ has now barred Georgia from continuing the citizenship verification program that DOJ lawyers helped to craft. DOJ’s decision also nullifies the orders of two federal courts directing Georgia to implement the procedure for the 2008 general election. The decision comes seven months after Georgia requested an expedited review of the preclearance submission.
“DOJ has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgia’s elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicant’s citizenship status or whether the individual even exists. DOJ completely disregarded Georgia’s obvious and direct interest in preventing non-citizens from voting, instead siding with the ACLU and MALDEF. Clearly, politics took priority over common sense and good public policy.
She goes on to say that she’s considering legal action. Good.
Since Mr. Holder is so concerned with voters rights, will he support and enforce the Military Voter Protection Act with equal zeal if it passes? What are the odds? Slim or none?
H/T Michelle Malkin