Update: A South Carolina writer says that the Obama Administration promotes “phantom voting,” here. I thought that was a good phrase to remember.
US Asst. Attorney General for Civil Rights, Thomas Perez, announced late yesterday that the Justice Dept. is tossing out the South Carolina voter ID law because too many illegal aliens will have a hard time getting ID’s to vote. He didn’t exactly say it that way, but that is what he is saying.
SC Governor Nikki Halley called the Obama Administration bullies.
From the Greenville News via USA Today:
The U.S.Justice Department’s decision Friday rejecting South Carolina’s voter ID law ignited outrage and celebration on opposite sides of an emotionally charged issue.
Civil rights activist and Greenville native Jesse Jackson called it a fitting Christmas present, while Gov. Nikki Haley said she is trying to improve things in South Carolina but “the president and his bullying administration are fighting us every step of the way.”
The state’s new voter ID law requires a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. military ID, or a U.S. passport.
The Justice Department in its ruling said the law makes it harder for minorities to cast ballots. Without the right ID, tens of thousands of minorities in the state might not be able to vote, the Justice Department said.
Haley said it’s another example, along with the decision of a U.S. district judge Thursday blocking parts of the state’s new immigration law, of President Barack Obama violating states rights.
“It is outrageous, and we plan to look at every possible option to get this terrible, clearly political decision overturned so we can protect the integrity of our electoral process and our 10th amendment rights,” Haley said.
Then here is a little nugget I didn’t know. So, does this mean that the Justice Department makes the ruling in only those states which have had problems in the past with “blacks” voting. So, a state like Maryland (have we had problems?) could pass a Voter ID law and the feds would have no authority to step in? I don’t know, does anyone of our readers know?
The Justice Department weighed in on the South Carolina law because it must approve changes in states that failed in the past to protect the voting rights of blacks. The Justice Department also is examining the new voter ID law in Texas.
As I said the other day, Perez has been unleashed. I wonder if they are figuring they need to make “progress” in the likely probability that they have only another ten months or so in power.
I have written many times on Perez, see our archive here. If you are a new reader perhaps you don’t know that two prominent Maryland Republicans (Tony O’Donnell and John Kane) actually endorsed this guy for his present job in the Justice Department—what were they thinking? Do you realize Perez’s nomination had been successfully held up for 6 months in the Senate Judiciary Committee, here, where he is described as the “progressives dream appointment.”