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Federal Court Rejects Green Party Attack on Voter ID

February 23rd, 2014 - 8:28 pm

A federal court in Tennessee has dealt a serious setback to those attacking photo voter identification laws around the country – including Eric Holder’s Justice Department in North Carolina. United States District Court Judge Ronnie Greer has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the Green Party challenging the Volunteer State’s photo voter ID law.

While the decision was bad for the Green Party in Tennessee, the opinion may be even worse for voter ID opponents nationwide such as the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and Eric Holder .

Greer’s opinion undermines most all of the arguments being pushed by leftwing election-integrity opponents like Eric Holder and the NAACP.

One of the favorite talking points of the left is that voter ID is a “solution in search of a problem.” Any search of stories about voter ID reveals a coordinated push of this strategy by the left and their paid public relations firms.

But Greer, like the United States Supreme Court before him, ruled that states are entirely free to enact election-protection statutes even without proof of voter fraud. In other words, states have the power to get ahead of the criminals and vote-fraudsters.

Greer:

Plaintiff’s allegations of Tennessee’s lack of empirical evidence of in-person fraud or that requiring photo identification will reduce it are irrelevant.

Greer relied on the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Crawford vs. Marion County.

This is bad news for Eric Holder and the plaintiffs challenging North Carolina voter ID.

Not to be deterred, however, Holder’s leftist lawyers have cooked up a fall-back plan. In North Carolina they are arguing what they already argued and lost in Texas and South Carolina – that the lack of “widespread” voter fraud means that the voter ID law must be a racially motivated legislative plot to harm minorities.

If you didn’t catch that, it goes like this.

Since legislators in Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina could not point to “widespread” voter impersonation, racism must be the real reason behind passing voter ID.

The argument openly made in court reveals the rancid paranoia about Southerners by Voting Section lawyers. No surprise there given the backgrounds of the lawyers involved.

But put aside for the moment the fact that mainstream media like the Houston Chronicle, the State, and the Charlotte Observer bury or ignore incidents of voter fraud. Ignore for a moment that the left never tells you what “widespread or pervasive” fraud means.  Nor will they reveal how many units of fraud they find to be acceptable before a legislature may act.

Judge Greer echoes what sensible Americans already understand: it’s no big deal for a state to require you to prove you are who you say you are when you go to vote.

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And yet Holder demands that Citizens show their ID when attempting to enter a DoJ building....
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Maybe a lawyer can weigh in here on a question that occurred to me. If no member of the Green Party was injured by this requirement, how did they have standing to sue? Shouldn't the suit have been immediately tossed on that account?
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I continue to remain baffled as to just what the republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee thought the nation was going to get with Eric Holder as AG. His predilection for hardcore leftism was obvious for anyone who paid attention, and now they feign surprise when the voters get a chance to throw them out for their insolence.
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Dear Mr. Christian:

Please, let me help unconfuse you about this issue. It's not that democrats don't like photo-id for voters - it's de rigeur at their own meetings. What they don't like is a 1 to 1 link between the voting record and the vote count - in my opinion because 3-5% fraud is now both common and their normal margin of victory.
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If Democrats are concerned that people don't have a photo ID.....they have until 2016, plenty of time.

We all know that they just want to say "republicans don't want you to vote" and they want dead people to vote, we have seen the voter fraud evidence in every election I can remember.
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Guess Holder doesn't want any of the trash to enter his building, and is showing his racism by demanding photo IDs of those that do.

STrange how this stuff works.
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In 1982, the DNC sued the RNC for interferring with an election. The outcome was the RNC signed a Consent Decree to not investigate or prevent voter fraud unless first getting a court approval. The latest attempt to get one was in 2008, which failed as previous ones had. The Republican Party is legally prevented from pursuing voter fraud instances against the Democrats, it would seem. The link is to the latest court denial. While lengthy, the original charge and summary is found on page 3. What answers one question only raises one, or more, others.
http://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/rnc-v-dnc.pdf
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The much more likely scenario is a voter who forgot to bring his or her ID to the poll. All these laws allow the voter to cast a provisional ballot. If the vote is close, guaranteed that the Democrats will mine the provisional ballots for additional votes, providing help to get some ballots counted.

What voter ID helps solve is the problem of paying people to vote multiple times under different names. It's still possible that fraud will occur in one party precincts without Republican poll workers. Laws are only as good as their enforcement.
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No plaintiff has ever successfully challenged a voter ID law in federal court. All of the cases have been characterized by the same comic flaw: the person who can’t obtain a photo ID cannot be found. The elusive snow leopard is easier to find than someone who can’t get a photo The recurring void was no different in the Tennessee case. From Judge Greer’s opinion:
Defendants argue that plaintiff’s complaint does not identify a single injured person [or] allege that one injured person is a member of the Green Party.ID. <<<============

You gotta love that! So, they can't find any victims How about some members?

The Green Party does not allege that the Act in any way interferes with its membership At oral argument, plaintiff acknowledged that Count I is similar to the claims made by plaintiffs in decisions; indeed, it concedes that it has no members.

I wonder if it is a 501c (x)?
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"This isn’t a racist plot by southern white male legislators or the Ku Klux Klan version 2.0. It’s common sense."

This is true, but really beside the point. The real issue, which never gets talked about by our morally bankrupt mainstream media, is the widespread and relentless vote fraud that is being carried out by the Democrats and gets worse with every election. This is the elephant in the room, the mysterious "missing problem" that leftists just can't seem to see.

Except for the truly low information voters, they can see it just fine and that's why they fight tooth-and-nail to maintain the status quo.
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See my comment above. May help explain this enigma, or be a start.
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Leftists just can't seem to see their own fraud? I think that's too kind. The leftists can see it, they're committing it, after all. They don't want the rest of us voters to see it. Of course, the media, being the leftist whores that they are, happily shut their eyes to it, too.
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And yet Holder demands that Citizens show their ID when attempting to enter a DoJ building....
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that is because Holder, doesn't want any of that liberal trash entering his building, sort of reminds me of Carville speaking of never knowing what happens when you drag a $100 bill through the trailer park.

Might be similar, never know what sort of beat the white girl might happen on the grounds if you let people without ID in.
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Since most photo IDs are issued as drivers licenses by State DMVs, it follows that to stop this horrific anti-minority plot to deny minorities their IDs means that those same State DMVs must be heavily policed to prevent them from carrying out their nefarious plans.

The legislation to force DMVs to treat all applicants equally is already on the books and may be enforced at any time. Put this fact into any local discussion you are engaged in and see the eyes glaze over as they try to process an argument for which MSNBC hasn't provided talking points.
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A win for the good guys.
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Now there is a judge with some sense. A treasure of golden wisdom in the middle of the sometime desert of jurisprudence.
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