According to liberal Democrats, laws designed to prevent voter fraud are really plots to keep minorities from voting.
One group closely tied to Democrats – the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is petitioning the United Nations over what it views as attempts to keep blacks and Latinos from voting, the UK Guardian reports.
According to The Guardian:
The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to “block the vote” on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.
The NAACP contends that the America in the throes of a consciously conceived and orchestrated move to strip black and other ethnic minority groups of the right to vote. William Barber, a member of the association’s national board, said it was the “most vicious, co-ordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century”.
The NAACP website adds:
Copies of the report will be sent to the federal and state agencies that monitor, administer and enforce voting rights, including the US Department of Justice, the Federal Elections Commission, and the Election Assistance Commission, as well as Secretaries of State and Attorneys General in all 50 states. In addition, the report will be delivered to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate, and entities within the United Nations.
“It’s been more than a century since we’ve seen such a tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote. Historically, when voting rights are attacked, it’s done to facilitate attacks on other rights. It is no mistake that the groups who are behind this are simultaneously attacking very basic women’s rights, environmental protections, labor rights, and educational access for working people and minorities,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.
Translation: Rascally Republicans seeking to prevent voter fraud by requiring ID are racist.
Jealous also called attempts to prevent voter fraud “the greatest assault on voting rights … that we have seen since the dawn of Jim Crow,” according to the Huffington Post.
The Guardian added:
In its report, Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, the NAACP explores the voter supression measures taking place particularly in southern and western states.
Fourteen states have passed a total of 25 measures that will unfairly restrict the right to vote, among black and Hispanic voters in particular.
The new measures are focused – not coincidentally, the association insists – in states with the fastest growing black populations (Florida, Georgia, Texas and North Carolina) and Latino populations (South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee). The NAACP sees this as a cynical backlash to a surge in ethnic minority voting evident in 2008.
In that year, black and Hispanic voters turned out in record numbers, partly in a wave of enthusiasm for Barack Obama. More than 2 million extra black voters turned out over 2004, an increase of 15%.
The NAACP is not alone in the effort to overturn voter ID laws.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called voter ID laws “efforts by the Republican party to limit the right to vote for political gain.”
The Huffington Post adds:
Schultz called the laws “a full-scale assault” on the voting rights of mostly minority voters in states where both groups strongly supported the president in 2008. And that the laws are “essentially designed to rig an election when Republicans can’t win these election on the merits.”
Republicans contend that the measures protect against voter fraud, a claim the Democrats say has yet to be proven in large measure.
But why would the NAACP go to the UN? Does the NAACP want the UN involved with the 2012 election?
CBS News reports that the group “holds special status with the U.N. that allows it to make presentations to a committee overseeing race and discrimination.”
Asked about the report, the Justice Department cited a copy of a speech Perez gave last Thursday. In the written speech Perez said several of the states’ laws are being reviewed for compliance with protections for minority voting rights under the Voting Rights Act. Perez said those states bear the burden of showing the new laws are not intentionally discriminatory and will not have a retrogressive effect.
CBS cites Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, who says voter ID laws have wide support, even among black voters.
“It’s hard for me to believe a serious group like the NAACP would come out to say there’s some grand conspiracy to deny people the right to vote,” he said.
But the Guardian reported that is exactly what Jealous claims.
Democrats have long fought efforts to stem voter fraud by using the race card.
CBS adds that the NAACP “has planned a protest march and rally that will start at the Koch brothers’ offices in New York on Saturday.”
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