Leftists at the highly-politicized Justice Department celebrate helping elections go their way on taxpayers’ dime:
When the Obama Justice Department learned that it had killed off election integrity laws in North Carolina and Texas, political leadership decided it was time for a party… It was time for the leftist lawyers at the Justice Department to celebrate…
[Deputy Assistant Attorney General Justin] Levitt thanked everyone for their hard work, and what it would mean on November 8. What you did “would have a great effect on the election.” Effect indeed. It wasn’t a speech about enforcing federal law neutrally, it was about affecting the election in North Carolina and Texas.
What else is the Justice Department Voting Section spending taxpayer money on besides fighting election laws Democrats don’t like and pizza parties? High-paid left-wing lawyers who “spend days idling, doing nothing, while their managers hide behind closed doors.”
The Obama Voting Section hasn’t initiated and brought a single case under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to fight discriminatory voting districts, even thought the NAACP has found and won meritorious cases. These were cases the DOJ could have brought and won, but didn’t. The Section hasn’t brought a single minority language case to help Spanish speaking voters since 2012 and has entirely shut down enforcement of the law requiring clean voter rolls. But who needs clean voter rolls when you can have a pizza party instead?
A split SCOTUS decision means the lower court’s injunction blocking North Carolina’s 2013 package of election reforms, including voter ID, stands.
Just to recap, here’s what the Fourth Circuit considered too restrictive:
- Voters without photo ID, including a free ID offered by the state, signing an affidavit and voting a regular ballot
- “Only” 10 days of early voting, instead of 17
- Voting in one’s correct precinct
- Registering in advance of Election Day so registration information can be verified
Governor Pat McCrory pointed out the obvious, that “North Carolina has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote through a common-sense voter ID law.”
Governor Pat McCrory’s request to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law went to Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday.
“This common sense law was upheld by the U.S. District Court. Our Voter ID law has been cited as a model and other states are using similar laws without challenges. Allowing the Fourth Circuit’s ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections.”
Delayed pending the state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of the Fourth Circuit’s block on photo voter ID enforcement.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will ask the U.S. Supreme Court this week to stay the Fourth Circuit’s decision to strike down the state’s photo voter ID law and other election integrity reforms ahead of the November general election, after the Fourth Circuit turned down the state’s request for a stay on Thursday.
“Changing our state’s election laws close to the upcoming election, including common sense voter ID, will create confusion for voters and poll workers,” the governor said in a statement. “The court should have stayed their ruling, which is legally flawed, factually wrong and disparaging to our state.”
The politicization of common-sense voter ID requirements by the anti-election integrity crowd continues with Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s Democrat Attorney General and challenger to Republican Governor Pat McCrory, refusing to do his job and defend the state’s duly-enacted laws:
McCrory told reporters Tuesday morning “we will continue to appeal this,” saying attorneys are figuring out a way forward.
He called the 4th Circuit opinion “very political” referencing that the panel of judges was made up from two President Obama appointees and one appointed by President Clinton.
McCrory called on Roy Cooper to forgo his salary and “reimburse taxpayers for the cost of hiring outside counsel to do his job for him.”
“Roy Cooper is against common sense voter ID and is now refusing to do his job to defend our laws, so he should refuse his taxpayer-funded salary,” said Governor McCrory. “If any North Carolina citizen decided not to do their job, they would no longer have a paycheck. Roy Cooper should not be held to a different standard.”
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger released a joint statement on the Fourth Circuit ruling that overturned the state’s voter ID and other election integrity laws:
“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”
Other GOP legislators also weighed in on the decision, which not only blocks the the state’s photo voter ID law that includes an affidavit option for voters with reasonable impediments to obtaining a free ID, but also restores same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, 17 days of early voting instead of 10, and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
“We have to ensure the people who vote are the ones who should be voting,” added Republican Rep. John Torbett, of Stanley. Republican Rep. Dana Bumgardner said the court was trying to paint state lawmakers as “racists and bigots” with its ruling. “It’s about the integrity of elections. It’s not about anything else,” Bumgardner said.
“Wake County isn’t using all of the tools available to keep clean voter rolls. Wake County could do more to ensure election integrity this November.”
Another county with more registered voters than eligible voting-age citizens:
“Defendant has violated and continue[s] to violate Section 8 [of the National Voter Registration Act] by failing to conduct reasonable voter list maintenance for elections for federal office and by failing to produce records and data related to those efforts, as required by Section 8,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief commanding Defendant to permit inspections of election records.
“Plaintiff also seeks a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief requiring Defendant to conduct and execute reasonable voter list maintenance programs in compliance with federal law to ensure that only eligible voters are registered to vote in Wake County.”
A state court challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID requirement is set to go to trial starting September 26, just one month ahead of the state’s October 27 early voting start date.
The question before [Wake County Judge Mike] Morgan will be whether the 2013 election law overhaul is an extension of the voter registration process, as lawmakers have argued. The challengers argue that requiring N.C. voters to show one of six approved IDs or cast a provisional ballot is a “qualification” that goes beyond the bounds of the state Constitution.
An appeal of a separate, federal case in which the voter ID requirement was upheld is pending in the Fourth Circuit.
Voter turnout in the state’s March primaries, the first requiring photo voter ID, was similar to previous presidential primaries: 36% in 2016, compared to 37% in 2008 and 35% in 2012.