According to an op-ed by the WSJ editors running today, Attorney General Eric Holder is suing states over their voting rights laws in order to gin up black voter turnout.
All the evidence suggests that Mr. Holder’s real motive here is political. 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.
As you may know, Holder is taking legal action against certain Southern states to get their voting procedures back under federal control after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the 1965 Voting Rights Act requirement that they get pre-clearance from the feds is no longer necessary, since THERE’S LESS RACISM today.
But Holder doesn’t think we’ve made it very far, and so he’s exercising a provision of the Act that allows him to sue states and reinstitute pre-clearance if he can prove their laws ARE INTENTIONALLY RACIST.
The Journal dismisses as mere smokescreen the contention that voter fraud doesn’t exist.
The worst argument against such laws is that they must be racially motivated because there is so little evidence of voter fraud. Yet no less that former Justice Stevens said in his opinion in the Indiana case that “flagrant examples of such fraud in other parts of the country have been documented throughout this nation’s history by respected historians and journalists, [and] that occasional examples have surfaced in recent years.” Anyone who thinks voter fraud doesn’t exist hasn’t lived in Chicago or Texas, among other places.