From the grave, the great right wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart strikes again! This time, the team he left behind, which includes ACORN-buster James O’Keefe, has released a video that embarrasses U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — perhaps the worst Attorney General in U.S. history — by going as far as possible to disenfranchise the Obama appointment without breaking the law… taking away his right to vote because identification was not required to vote.
For years, Republicans have argued that voter impersonation is a serious crime with massive political consequences that can disenfranchise an entire group of voters, if not all legal voters. They argue that without a photo ID requirement, Americans can never truly have confidence in our system of voting.
Meanwhile, Democrats — including Holder — argue that a Voter ID laws will have a disproportionate impact on “minorities” and the “poor” (voters they believe tend to support Democrats). They suggest the cost to obtain voter identification is too high; However, in Pennsylvania, it costs $13.50 to obtain identification to vote. If you are too poor for that, it’s free. Then Democrats cite the cost to travel somewhere to obtain the identification. Really?! Is that what has securing the sanctity of voting in the United States of America has boiled down to… one’s inability to get a ride to your local identification-issuing authority?! Both the Democrats and Republicans parties offer vans to take voters to vote… I am sure if one of their voters needs an ID, they will provide that ride too.
What is preclearance? Some jurisdictions singled out in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for their practices in the 1960s, are still required by law to receive federal permission for certain changes to election law or changes in venue. Ironically, Texas, Alabama and South Carolina are denied the right by the federal government to change their voting practices to match those of the northern states like Pennsylvania, Kansas and Indiana. Two states, South Carolina and Texas, require this preclearance from the Justice Department or a court, which is consistently denied by Holder’s office.
In spite of the Democrat rhetoric that sounds more like they want to protect voter-fraud than anything else, no one individual is disenfranchised by voter ID laws, but so long as these laws are not enacted, dead people voting, duplicate voting, and people voting on behalf of Eric Holder disenfranchise every single law-abiding voting citizen.