To enter the NAACP meeting, Eric Holder had to provide a photo ID. When speaking, the AG Holder said that the Texas Voter ID law is racially motivated to keep blacks and the poor from voting.
Clearly, Attorney General Holder intends to throw the weight of the Justice Department against the enforcement of Voter ID laws which exist in 30 states.
Does Eric Holder have major memory problems or is Obama’s AG just playing the race card? Or doing Obama’s biding? Probably the later two.
Talking yesterday to the NAACP , U.S. Attorney General Holder said that the Voter ID law in Texas is akin to a ‘poll tax’ That argument ‘ was dismissed by the United State Supreme Court in 2009 and ID laws deemed legal.
Poll taxes have been illegal for 45+ years after passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. As recently as 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the government argument that voter ID laws are a poll tax.
In Texas a variety of identifications are acceptable [hunting license, military ID card, driver's license, U.S. passport]. Texas will provide a free ID card when requested.
Describing Texas voter ID law as a poll tax, Obama’s Attorney General says “many without ID would have to travel great distances and some would struggle to pay for the documents” [Wall Street Journal, 7-11-2012]
Maybe it’s time that people tell Eric Holder to stop playing the race card? And that it’s time for the Obama AG to uphold the rule of law?
How to contact AG Holder: 202 514 2000 AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Full Wall Street Journal article available online edition for July 11, 2012.
William B. Turner with the Examiner wrongly says “no state gives ID cards away for free” . States which provide free voter ID cards include: Arizona, Indiana and Texas. Turner uses the argument that getting a birth certificate costs money and therefore blacks and poor cannot vote. See Turner’s article:
Thirty U.S. states require either photo or some form of identification in order to vote. President Bush signed the Help America Vote law which requires first time voters in federal elections to show photo or non-photo ID . See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_ID_laws#Through_2010