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    Justice Department to sue North Carolina over voter law

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    Published September 30, 2013FoxNews.com

    FILE - This Feb. 27, 2013, file photo shows people standing outside the Supreme Court in Washington before the start of a rally during arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder case. (AP Photo)

    The Justice Department will announce Monday that it is suing the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules.

    A person briefed on the department's plans told Fox News that the suit would claim that the North Carolina statute violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and would seek to have the state subject to federal pre-clearance before making "future voting-related changes." The person also said the suit would be filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, Tenn.

    In asking for pre-clearance, the Justice Department will ask a federal judge to place the four provisions in North Carolina's new law under federal scrutiny for an indeterminate period.

    The suit is the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.

    North Carolina's new law scales back the period for early voting and imposes stringent voter identification requirements. It is among at least five Southern states adopting stricter voter ID and other election laws. The Justice Department on Aug. 22 sued Texas over the state's voter ID law and is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit over redistricting laws in Texas that minority groups consider to be discriminatory.

    Republican lawmakers in southern states insist the new measures are needed to prevent voter fraud, though such crimes are infrequent. Democrats and civil rights groups argue the tough new laws are intended to make voting more difficult for minorities and students, voting groups that lean toward Democrats, in states with legacies of poll taxes and literacy tests.

    Attorney General Eric Holder will be joined at a news conference Monday by the acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil rights division, Joceyln Samuels, and the three U.S. attorneys from North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.

    In the North Carolina lawsuit, the person said, the government will challenge requirements in state law that eliminate the first seven days of early voting opportunities and eliminate same-day voter registration during the early voting period. Same-day registration allows voters to cast a ballot immediately after presenting elections officials with proof of their name and home address.

    The Justice Department challenge also is aimed at a provision eliminating the counting of certain types of provisional ballots by voters who cast ballots in their home counties but do not vote in the correct precincts.

    Finally, the federal government will challenge a provision in the new law that requires voters to present government-issued identification at the polls in order to cast ballots. In North Carolina, a recent state board of elections survey found that hundreds of thousands of registered voters did not have a state-issued ID. Many of those voters are young, black, poor or elderly.

    In remarks Sept. 20 to the Congressional Black Caucus, Holder said the Justice Department will not allow the Supreme Court's action to be interpreted as "open season" for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.

    However, the provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Justice Department is invoking may be a difficult tool for the Obama administration to use.

    A handful of jurisdictions have been subjected to pre-clearance, or advance approval, of election changes through the Civil Rights Act provision it is relying on, but a court first must find that a state or local government engaged in intentional discrimination under the Constitution's 14th or 15th amendments, or the jurisdiction has to admit to discrimination. Unlike other parts of the voting law, the discriminatory effect of an action is not enough to trigger court review.

    Nowhere is the debate over voting rights is more heated than in Florida, where the chaotic recount in the disputed 2000 presidential race took place.

    Florida election officials are set to resume an effort to remove noncitizens from the state's voting rolls. A purge last year ended in embarrassment after hundreds of American citizens, most of whom were black or Hispanic, were asked to prove their citizenship or risk losing their right to vote.

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    Oh my God, what an abuse of power! Imagine actually asking people to prove their citizenship to vote! Oh my God! (I am being facetious, of course.) The state of North Carolina should tell the "Justice" Department to go to hell, and keep enforcing its election laws. If Obama can ignore the laws and court rulings he doesn't like, North Carolina can ignore the "Justice" Department with its perversions of the law. Every American citizen should be outraged about the obvious efforts by Obama's thugs to virtually protect voter fraud.

    As of this writing there are two Contempt of Court rulings against Obama by two different federal courts. Obama is ignoring them. This is a serious matter. If you ignored just one Contempt of Court ruling they would come to your house, bust down the door and drag you out in handcuffs. Obama sits there in the Oval Office ignoring a serious law. There is no one who even suggest that Obama be punished for breaking the law. We have a lawless president and nobody with the power to stop him does anything abut it.

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    the Department of Justice seems to have turned into the Socialist Democrats personal legal department. Holder is bucking the Supreme Court.
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    Last edited by JohnDoe2; 09-24-2019 at 02:02 PM.
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