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FLORIDA’S ATTEMPTS TO PROHIBIT ILLEGALS FROM VOTING STOPPED BY HOLDER’S DOJ
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 2, 2012) — The Florida Division of Elections has taken steps to remove the names of up to 100,000 “non-citizens” from voter rolls, but the U.S. Department of Justice under Eric Holder claims that action violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act and has ordered it to stop.
Questions have arisen regarding the use Florida’s state motor vehicle database as a means by which to identify possible illegally-registered voters.
The Voting Rights Act was passed to allow black citizens access to voting by preventing racial discrimination following the murders of several voter-rights activists in Mississippi and civil rights demonstrations. The U.S. Department of Justice states that the law “closely followed the language of the 15th amendment” and identified areas of the country where it was believed discrimination had been practiced. The Voting Rights Act stated that the law “would inflict severe penalties on anyone obstructing any citizen’s right to vote.” It was not intended to address voting by illegal aliens.
The bill was written primarily by Republican Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, who argued, “How then shall there be government by the people if some of the people cannot speak?” Dirksen, the Senate Minority Leader at the time, was reportedly influenced to advocatee for the bill by President Lyndon B. Johnson. A Senate office building was named after Dirksen in 1972.
Twenty-four Southern Democrats held a filibuster on the bill for 24 days, fearing that its passage would usher in a new era of “federal dictatorship” and diminish the states’ rights to conduct voting affairs.
The U.S. Department of Justice invokes both the 14th and 15th Amendments in its description of the Voting Rights Act, although it states that the 14th Amendment “conferred citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” The complete text of the citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment reads:
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. [Emphasis ours.]
The Fifteenth Amendment gave black men the right to vote, although poll taxes and literacy tests were used largely in the South after its ratification. One report contends that the Southern states used poll taxes and “throwing out non-Democratic votes, or counting them for the Democrats even when cast for the opposition” as a matter of course.
Five counties in Florida have been identified as necessitating federal oversight before making any changes to voting practices. Gov. Rick Scott has said that he is focused on removing illegal aliens from voter rolls and not “minorities.”
A summary of the history of the Voting Rights Act for students states that “despite the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, African-Americans in the South faced tremendous obstacles to voting, including poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic restrictions which resulted in the denial of the vote.”
A Florida elections official has said that he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to assist in identifying “ineligible” voters by virtue of their being non-citizens but received no response. One Florida county has identified several people who appear to have voted but are illegal aliens.
Members of such federally-funded groups as ACORN have been convicted of perpetrating voter fraud in various states by voting multiple times or registering others to do so. An ACORN whistleblower, Anita Moncrief, has labeled former President Johnson a racist and stated that ACORN “helped get Bill Clinton elected.”
A redistricting plan of Clinton’s was judged to have violated the Voting Rights Act in Arkansas, placing blacks at a disadvantage. Clinton was later called America’s first black president, although Barack Obama now holds that distinction. In January 2008, Obama said that he would have to “investigate more” Clinton’s background to judge “whether or not he was a brother.”
On April 4, 1996, then-President Bill Clinton stated in regard to illegal immigration:
…America cannot tolerate an influx of criminal and illegal aliens. As a nation of immigrants, we cannot permit the abuse of our immigration laws to continue…Through Justice Department program, we are also increasing deportations and exclusions of illegal aliens…
Two years ago, a former U.S. Justice Department employee forfeited his job and accused putative Attorney General Eric Holder of allowing voter intimidation to go unpunished by failing to prosecute members of the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia who intimidated non-black voters arriving at the polling place on November 4, 2008. Holder has been accused of lying to Congress and withholding subpoenaed information and might face a contempt of Congress charge.
The head of the New Black Panthers, King Malik Zulu Shabazz, has officially declared war on whites but has not been prosecuted for placing a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman, who killed a black teenager in late February of this year, allegedly out of self-defense. Shabazz has made reference to Malcolm X‘s “ballot or the bullet” speech and slogan, “by any means necessary.” The New Black Panthers now state that they are disappointed in Obama’s performance after intimidating voters on Election Day in an attempt to win him the presidency.
Holder’s “Justice Department” has filed lawsuits against the states of Utah, South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona over their passage of respective laws to deal with illegal immigrants. Holder has also sued Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio over alleged civil rights violations, while Arpaio has stated that the documentation of Holder’s boss, Barack Obama, is not authentic.
The U.S. Department of Justice has also told Texas and South Carolina that their laws requiring voter identification violate the Voting Rights Act.
Are the actions of the Department of Justice politically- or ideologically motivated?
A complaint about any aspect of suspected voter fraud in Florida can be filed using this form.