Black People Politics : Attorney General Holdervows to go after the new State created Jim Crow voting laws

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    Holder Vows to Pursue Restrictive Voting Laws



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    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing to ensure the protection of voting rights in states that have recently enacted controversial laws that critics say target low-income voters and people of color. In a speech on Tuesday, Holder said the Justice Department will aggressively review the laws, most enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud. Eight states have enacted laws this year requiring voters to present state-issued photo ID. In his remarks, Holder cited the concerns of the Georgia Congressmember and civil rights leader John Lewis.

    Attorney General Eric Holder: In my travels across this country, I’ve heard a consistent drumbeat of concern from many Americans, who — often for the first time in their lives — now have reason to believe that we are failing to live up to one of our nation’s most noble, and essential, ideals. As Congressman John Lewis described it, in a speech on the House floor this summer, the voting rights that he worked throughout his life — and nearly gave his life — to ensure are, 'under attack … [by] a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, [and] minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.'"
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    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing to ensure the protection of voting rights in more than a dozen states that have recently enacted controversial laws. Supporters of the laws, backed largely by Republicans, say they are meant to stamp out voter fraud. "When people move on their fears, they make bad law,” says NAACP CEO Ben Jealous, co-author of a new report that argues the new laws amount to a coordinated and comprehensive assault on minorities’ voting rights at a time when their numbers in the population and at the ballot box have increased. Students, former felons and elderly voters may also be impacted. On Saturday, the NAACP helped organize a voting rights march in New York, starting at the offices of Koch Industries in order to highlight how billionaire conservative financiers David and Charles Koch have financed the push for voter ID laws. We also speak with Bob Edgar, a former Pennsylvania congressman and the President and CEO of Common Cause. He supports pending legislation, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, as a way to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to voting rights and free and open elections. "We’re the only nation in the world that has federal elections without federal rules for election,” Edgar says.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/15/wave_of_restrictive_voting_laws_prompts
     
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