President Obama’s Justice Department is doing its part to maximize the Democratic turnout in the 2012 elections by filing “motor voter” suits across the country that claim state officials are not circulating voter registration forms in social service agencies.
The lawsuit filed against Louisiana this past summer is closely timed with a separate suit advanced by ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate and the NAACP. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top officials have vowed to put up a vigorous fight, but other states including Rhode Island have rolled over to accept agreements that go beyond the scope of written law.
Anita MonCrief, a former Project Vote employee turned conservative activist, warns that the consent agreements that are becoming operative throughout the country will preclude state officials from moving against potential instances of voter fraud.
Under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly known as “motor voter,” state health and welfare agencies are required to circulate voter registration forms. Under Section 8, state officials are required to clean and update their voter rolls by purging the names of deceased residents, felons and anyone else who is ineligible.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has sent a letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the department to enforce Section 8.
“The Department later filed a lawsuit against Louisiana alleging that the state has violated its obligations under Section 7 of the NVRA,” he wrote. “However, at the same time, absolutely no effort is being made to enforce Section 8 of the same law. Section 8 requires states to conduct voter roll cleaning to purge ineligible felons and dead voters from corrupting the election process. The two provisions act together as counterparts, but it is evident that the Justice Department is not enforcing them equally.”
But there’s a problem.
Obama’s Justice Department is “philosophically opposed” to enforcing that part of the law that calls for voter registration rolls to be purged of ineligible names, J. Christian Adams, and former attorney in the DOJ’s Voting Section, said during a forum Tulane University Law School in November. A full report on his talk is available at the Pelican Institute for Public Policy blog.
The Justice Department’s “selective enforcement” of the NVRA is a major of theme of a new book by Adams entitled “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.”
He also describes an “industry of voter fraud deniers” that could give the left a decided advantage in the 2012 elections.