Government & Politics

DoJ Attacks North Carolina Voter ID Law

Eric Holder's crusade against election law continues.

Oct. 3, 2013
Eric Holder

The Obama Justice Department has filed suit against the state of North Carolina over its new voting rules. The rules include reducing the early voting period from 17 days to 10, elimination of same-day voter registration during early voting, and requiring voters to present some form of identification when coming to the polls. These rules were designed to reduce voter fraud, and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says that residents have overwhelmingly embraced these “common sense” solutions.

Of course, Attorney General Eric Holder says there’s no such thing as voter fraud – except if it helps Republicans. He considers any voter rule put in place as an attack on the rights of minority voters. Holder has spent his tenure attacking anti-fraud rules in several states, claiming that these rules lead to voter suppression. There is scant evidence to prove that charge, though there’s plenty of proof that voter ID laws cut down on fraud. There is also ample evidence to suggest that a high degree of voter fraud that takes place in local and municipal elections favors Democrat candidates.

Whatever is motivating Holder in his crusade against voter rules, his job is only going to get tougher. The Supreme Court decided in June that the federal government holds far less sway over Southern states in crafting voting rules than it used to. But North Carolina is the second state after Texas to face a DoJ lawsuit over its new voting laws. There will almost certainly be more. Let’s hope a few more defeats for Holder will teach him a lesson.

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