Our race baiting Attorney General, who has directly compared any attempt at insuring the sanctity of the ballot with a return to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes, has struck again. The Justice Department today officially "objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification."
This from Politico:
[T]he new law, known as S.B. 14 and signed by Gov. Rick Perry last May, requires that the state issue special free IDs for voting. However, there would still be a cost to individuals who lack the required underlying documentation, like a birth certificate, Perry wrote.
"There is a statistically significant correlation between the Hispanic population percentage of a county and the percentage of a county’s population that lives below the poverty line. The legislature tabled amendments that would have prohibited state agencies from charging for any underlying documents needed to obtain an acceptable form of photographic identification," Perez noted.
Perez said many voters were likely to have difficulty getting to a Department of Public Safety office to get an ID, either because of distance or limited hours.
"Even after submitting data that show over 600,000 registered voters do not have either a driver’s license or personal identification card issued by DPS – and that a disproportionate share of those registered voters are Hispanic – the state has failed to propose, much less adopt, any program for individuals who have to travel a significant distance to a DPS office, who have limited access to transportation, or who are unable to get to a DPS office during their hours of operation," Perez wrote.
So there are 600,000 people, largely hispanic, registered to vote in Texas for whom there is no proof of their citizenship. Yet the DOJ's concern is not with the sanctity of the ballot box, but with insuring that 600,000 people are able to vote without even minimal proof of citizenship. And on top of that, Holder's DOJ justifies this travesty it on civil rights ground. The true irony here is that, in a democracy, the penultimate civil right is the right to vote and, equally, to have that vote fully count. Vote fraud insures that valid votes do not fully count.
As Stacey McCain has weighed in on this, writing:
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, “civil rights” has become a code phrase for “whatever Democrats want,” so that anyone who disagrees with Democrats is said to be “anti-civil rights.” . . .
Isn’t the Justice Department’s entire rationale for opposing the Texas voter ID law an extension of the belief that the partisan interests of the Democratic Party are coterminous with “civil rights”? Democrats actually believe they have the right to win elections, even by blatantly illegal means, and so any measure that might prevent ineligible people from voting is a violation of “civil rights.”
Now you know why “corrupt Democrat” is redundant: No honest person would ever get involved in the Democratic Party.
Also a worthwhile read as regards vote fraud was an NRO column by Hans A. von Spakovsky, "Not A Race Card." As he points out, vote fraud has a long and ignominious tradition in the U.S., and minimal efforts to protect the sanctity of the vote are both warranted and do not amount to an attack on minorities.