Black activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are highly critical of Attorney General Eric Holder for pushing racial rhetoric and political divisiveness over the need to protect the voting process from identity theft and election fraud at the NAACP convention Tuesday.
During his speech at today’s session of the NAACP’s national convention in Houston, Holder, the nation’s highest-ranking lawyer, escalated the Obama Administration’s brazenly political attack on democratically-enacted, state-level ballot protection laws by calling the requirement of a government-issued ID to confirm one’s identity at a polling place equivalent to a “poll tax.”
Claiming it is too difficult for some people to obtain valid ID, Holder declared, “We call those poll taxes.”
“If implementing voter ID laws truly represents a poll tax, why doesn’t Holder come out and say they’re unconstitutional and that they violate the 24th Amendment?,” asked Project 21 spokesman Derryck Green.
Ratified in 1964, the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed poll taxes in federal elections. It was extended to state elections by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966.
This apparently new anti-Voter ID strategy announced today by Holder comes on the second day of trial in the lawsuit that Texas has filed against the U.S. Department of Justice’s effort to block enforcement of that state’s new voter ID law. Holder pledged an “aggressive” fight against the Texas law.Continue Reading on secure.campaigner.com