South Carolina went to Eric Holder for approval of the Voter ID law. Today Holder objected and blocked the law.
Georgia went to federal court, as I and others have urged for months, to get their voting lines approved. For good measure, Georgia challenged the constitutionality of Section 5. Today DOJ caved and agreed to Georgia’s submission. From the AJC:
Republicans, who pushed through the new maps over Democratic objections during a special August legislative session, had simultaneously submitted its plan to the Justice Department for preclearance and sued the DOJ in federal court. Had the Justice Department rejected its maps, the state would have moved forward with its lawsuit.
Republicans had said publicly that they saw the court case as an avenue toward a declaration that the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional. With the DOJ’s approval of its redistricting plan, however, that now seems moot.
Now is the time for Texas and South Carolina to go immediately to federal court for approval of Voter ID, and perhaps do what Georgia did to get DOJ modify their position – challenge Section 5 as unconstitutional. Governor Haley tonight says:
“It is outrageous, and we plan to look at every possible option to get this terrible, clearly political decision overturned so we can protect the integrity of our electoral process and our 10th Amendment rights,” she said in a statement.
Every possible option? Then follow Georgia’s lead.