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No, Ms. Pelosi, We Aren’t Suppressing, but Holder is Pushing Fraud

By on 6.21.12 | 3:11PM

Nancy Pelosi says Republicans are going after Eric Holder as part of a vote suppression effort. What bunk.

A federal law called the National Voter Registration Act, popularly called the “Motor Voter” law (because it requires states to offer voter registration at drivers’-license bureaus), has a provision in its Section 8 that requires states to clean their rolls. That’s what Florida was doing – but the Department of Homeland Security ignored Florida’s repeated requests for lists of documented aliens, terribly delaying the process. Florida finally found other sources of the information – but in the meantime, it wasn’t able to start correcting its rolls until several weeks ago. ... As a first-hand participant in shaping Motor Voter, I can say with assurance that Democrats and Republicans agreed back then that non-citizens shouldn’t vote. To do anything else would have been political suicide. Therefore, Florida and Von Spakovsky are right and DoJ is wrong – not as a matter of politics, but as a matter of fact.

Similarly, I suspect that the real aim of last week's (illegal) executive order providing amnesty for 800,000 illegal aliens is less to win the votes of Hispanic citizens than to open the door even wider for illegal voting. Among legal voters, the order is a political wash: It might attract some votes from legal Hispanic citizens, but it also will even further turn off another block of voters who hate amensty or who object to flagrant executive overreacch. But by providing a sort of documentation to 800,000 new people, it also makes it easier for those 800,000 to vote. Holder and Obama know this. They approve of it. And Pelosi knows it.

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