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February 12, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court today trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.

Bradley Heard

Bradley Heard

The Election Assistance Commission said no, so Kris Kobach went to federal court. Enter Eric Holder’s Justice Department, as usual, opposing election integrity measures.

Despite harping about resource concerns (which apparently means that the DOJ can do nothing about corrupted voter rolls), Holder found the time and money to send Bradley Heard to a hearing in Kansas to argue against Kobach’s election integrity measures.

Things didn’t go well for Bradley Heard before Judge Eric Melgren today. The Wichita Eagle:

Judge Eric Melgren repeatedly pressed Department of Justice lawyer Bradley Heard to explain how a Supreme Court decision last year on Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship law allows the federal Election Assistance Commission to reject requests from Arizona and Kansas to add state-law requirements to the instructions for filling out the voting form.

“The single pivotal question in this case is who gets to decide … what’s necessary” to establish citizenship for voting, Melgren said.

Heard said that decision lies with the EAC under the federal National Voter Registration Act, also known as the motor-voter law. He said the law empowers the commission to decide what questions and proofs are necessary to include in the federal registration form.

Take note, Heard argued both that Kobach can’t take steps to prevent foreigners to register to vote, and, that federal government power over state elections is supreme.

So who is Bradley Heard?

Hans von Spakovsky wrote about Heard’s background in the PJ Media Every Single One Series installment on the DOJ Voting Section:

Before joining the Voting Section, Mr. Heard worked for a number of years at the Advancement Project, a radical left-wing voting organization. The Advancement Project has worked closely with the ACLU, NAACP LDF, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and other liberal advocates to oppose voter ID statutes, felon disenfranchisement laws, and citizenship verification regulations, and to take myriad other militant positions on state and federal voting rights laws. Mr. Heard fit right in at the Advancement Project, having previously founded the Georgia Voter Empowerment Project, which describes its mission as increasing the “civic participation levels of progressive-minded Georgians.”

Amusingly, before moving to Washington, Mr. Heard had a nasty breakup with his plaintiff’s civil rights firm in Atlanta. He commenced litigation against his partners, who in turn claimed he was engaging in misconduct. Heard then sought criminal arrest warrants against his former partners, charging that they had engaged in false voter registration and voting by an unqualified elector, both felonies. The court declined to issue the warrants.

When Bradley Heard isn’t suing his law partners or trying to make it easier for non-citizens to register to vote, he runs this “activist” blog called Prince George’s Urbanist. There, Heard rails about various left wing causes like changing the name of the Redskins and urging family unfriendly government mandates on development.  His Twitter feed (@BradleyHeard) calls himself a “Voting Rights Gladiator. . . Outside Agitator.”

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J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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If the Democrats thought that illegals were going to vote Republican, they'd be standing at the border (and outside the voting booth) with flamethrowers and pitchforks.
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So he makes a living at sedition, no?
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I remember the motor-voter law being promoted on MTV 20+ years ago. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined it was all a ploy to destroy the integrity of our elections.

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It is a moot argument anyhow since all elections are now determined by voter fraud. They just want their presence to help justify their padded numbers.
36 weeks ago
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Heard's stupidity must be truly painful.
Did anyone check to see if he was on pain-killers?
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this type of intellectual honesty ranks right up there with Guam tipping over, or sharks still following old slave ship routes looking for snacks.

can anyone name one important area of their life where you would want someone taking part that had no credible form of identification? imagine -

bank: that huge withdrawal not a problem sir, no i.d. required here. just promise us that you are who you say you are.
i.r.s. office: sir, we would like to apologize for our arrogance. its obvious from your nice suit that you don't owe the u.s. government any $$.
driver's license bureau: no, mr. smith. police officers are trained to spot people who aren't who they say they are.
courthouse: no i.d. required. you are looking for that s.o.b. crooked judge who took your kids away? he's on the top floor of course. h.a.n.d.

this issue could be a false flag to get everyone's attention away from the real method of voter fraud to be used this round. its just too stupid an issue in today's digital world to believe it is a real concern. everybody needs i.d. to live in a civilized country these days. just a fact of life.
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Since it is part and parcel of American jurispurdence that A. An unconstitutional statute is not law at all and B. Federalism gives states complete sovereignty over their areas of power including the manner of elections and C. defendants are innocent until proven guilty the states should proceed according to Article I, Sec. 4. Let State Legislatures choose the Times, Places and Manner of electing. From there it would be up to the Legislature of the U.S. Congress to alter any such new regs. Just disobey in this manner.
36 weeks ago
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Why hasn't this man been disbarred? The time has come for charlatans like this to appear before their local bar associations for unprofessional and unethical conduct...you, too, can pick up the phone and file a complaint.
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As long as we allow professional organizations to police themselves there will always be corruption in the process. The number one priority of these organizations is to protect the organization and not the public which is harmed by the deeds of its members. It is a conflict of interest pure and simple. I am not saying that these organizations should not exist. They can set standards but never should be allowed to control who is allowed to practice or who is punished. These very same professional organizations should fund only a sister watchdog agency to administer the licences and punitive actions needed and no one who is a practicing or former member of the said organization will be allowed in the watchdog agency. Will this work, it could and it would certainly be better but like any human agency I am sure we will find a way to corrupt it as well but that does not mean we should not try.
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"The number one priority of these [professional] organizations is to protect the organization and not the public which is harmed by the deeds of its members."

Substitute "state professional licensing boards" for professional organizations, and "licensees" for members, and it's still a true statement -- even more true because there's no watchdog with standing to watch these state bureaucrat watchdogs. Self-serving state agency staff corruption is found in base, endemic in human nature, job satisfaction motives -- hubris, groupthink, and what John W. Gardner in Self Renewal called "rewards to the self-esteem." My evidence? Several decades of observing and opposing dismaying conduct by the members and staffers of the particular California Dept of Consumer Affairs Board that licenses me, in a generally respected profession noted for its objectivity and integrity, not avarice or adversariality. That licensing board's activity is the weakest of all factors acting to protect the public against bad practice, far worse than the self-fostered, favorable culture of integrity among the licensees and within the many branch-specific professional societies in this profession.

That's how your well-founded fear of corruption within the separate watchdog agency becomes manifested.
36 weeks ago
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Because many bar associations are dominated by Leftist Progs.
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See you headline - I think you mean "argues," not "aruges."
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Once Holder is gone, I certainly hope we can get rid of these DOJ people who were illegally hired. The DOJ has a responsibility to hire people on an equal basis, but Holder has gone against that and hired only leftist radicals.
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If the Democrats thought that illegals were going to vote Republican, they'd be standing at the border (and outside the voting booth) with flamethrowers and pitchforks.
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"If the Democrats thought that illegals were going to vote Republican, they'd be standing at the border..."--menolikekoolaid

Remember when Democrats begrudged admitting Vietnamese boat people?
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So he makes a living at sedition, no?
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A DOJ attorney bills himself as an outside agitator? Well, I suppose that's ok in an administration whose press secretary defines the job of the president, the most powerful person in the world, as "speaking truth to power."
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