DOJ’s case distorts the effect of voter-ID laws and misinterprets the Voting Rights Act.
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
Hillary Clinton is not alone. This week former secretary of state Colin Powell and ABC’s Cokie Roberts chimed in to agree that asking people to prove they are who they say they are when they show up to vote is completely beyond the pale. Then the Department of Justice joined in, launching a lawsuit against Texas over its voter-ID law last Thursday.
Colin Powell is not known for his expertise in this area. But that didn’t stop him from saying that requirements like voter ID “are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote.” Of course, turnout numbers from voter-ID states such as Georgia and Indiana show that requiring voter ID does not keep Hispanics, blacks, or anyone else out of the polls.
Literally years of local, state, and federal elections demonstrate that the “sky is falling” claims about voter suppression are complete nonsense. Contrary to General Powell’s assertion that voter ID will “slow the process down,” election officials have told me that voter-ID requirements speed up the process at polling locations because it makes it much easier to find the voter’s name on the voter-registration list.
As a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former secretary…Read full story here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/356869/holder-tangles-texas-hans-von-spakovsky