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A Delicious Irony

Andy McCarthy reported yesterday on the ridiculous decision by the Justice Department that claims it is a supposed “violation” of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for Georgia to verify the citizenship of newly registered voters, something that employers are required to do everyday with new employees by the same federal government. But there is one delicious irony in the letter that the Civil Rights Division sent to the state objecting to the program. Readers of The Corner will recall how furious the Left was over the Department’s approval of Georgia’s voter ID law back in 2005 when I was still working there. There were thunderous cries that this law would hurt minority voters and that the Bush political appointees were engaging in “voter suppression.” The approval of that law was the main reason the Democrats in the Senate refused to confirm me to the Federal Election Commission. Then-Senator Obama even put a hold on me, specifically citing my involvement in that case and criticizing my claim that the law would “not affect minority voters disproportionately.”

In the letter to Georgia, the Obama administration actually admits that Georgia’s voter ID law was upheld by a federal court because it was not discriminatory:

In Billups, the absence of a disparate racial effect permitted Georgia to require voters to present appropriate photographic identification as a prerequisite to voting.  In Crawford, the Supreme Court rejected a facial challenge to Indiana’s voter identification law.  Notably, the decisions in both Crawford and [Billups] resulted from a record totally devoid of evidence of a discriminatory effect flowing from the regulations at issue.

The Department then goes on to claim that this verification program is “different” because there is a discriminatory effect. Of course there is — it discriminates against noncitizens who are legally ineligible to vote! But somehow I doubt that the political higher ups in the administration quite realized that their letter basically admits that the decision made by the Bush administration back in 2005 on voter ID was correct.


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