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August 8, 2014 - 3:36 pm

The left trumpeted a voter ID decision in Wisconsin as if it were the end of the issue. Let’s see what they do with this one. A federal court today smacked down the Holder Justice Department and refused to enjoin (block) North Carolina’s voter ID law, curtailment of costly early voting and end of fraud-infested same day registration. This means the state’s voter ID law will be in place for the midterm congressional (and Senate) elections in November.

The Justice Department had actually argued that even if black voters turned out at higher rates under voter ID (which they do), because blacks have to take the bus more and their life is generally harder, then voter ID and curtailing early voting violates the Voting Rights Act.

You can read the opinion here.  It lays waste to the theories of those opposing North Carolina’s election integrity laws, including the Justice Department.

The Justice Department actually used your tax dollars to pay for an expert to introduce the turnout-doesn’t-matter-because-life-is-harder argument. Enterprising folks will submit a Freedom of Information request to find out how many tens of thousands of dollars that nonsense costs you.

Hans von Spakovsky, former DOJ voting official, says it is going to be a very bad weekend for lawyers at the Justice Department Voting Section. “Eric Holder has been beaten now twice in the Carolinas on voter ID. Today’s ruling shows just how wrong he is when it comes to election law.”

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch says, “It is an embarrassing defeat for the Holder Justice Department. The court’s decision eviscerates Eric Holder’s politicized and racially inflammatory legal assault on commonsense election integrity measures. The court expressly rejected the Department of Justice’s contention that minorities are harmed by commonsense measures that help secure honest elections. The court’s dramatic rejection of Holder’s legal theory shows that that the DOJ’s lawsuit, which was coordinated with political activists at the White House, was always more about cynical political and racial appeals than upholding the law.”

Big losers today also include Kirkland and Ellis, the firm representing Shirley Sherrod in the lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart’s widow. Kirkland was representing intervening plaintiffs pro bono in trying to shut down North Carolina voter ID.

Big winners today include the North Carolina Republicans who passed the law, Judicial Watch who helped defend it, and Christopher Coates, the former DOJ Voting Section chief who worked on the case for Judicial Watch and tore up some of the silliest arguments that the Justice Department had to offer.  Coates said, “The North Carolina decision is similar to the South Carolina case the Department of Justice lost in 2012.  Both cases were insubstantial and should not have been brought.”

UPDATE: Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote says, “It’s radical to fight against an election administrator’s need to verify voter registrations before handing out ballots. North Carolina and its voters have much to be grateful for with this ruling.”

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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Buzzy Buzzy Ginsberg is alway looking to Europe and further afield for how to shape our constitution.

Well in Europe they have voter ID.

So when this makes it to SCOTUS what will poor 'lil Buzzy do?
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I suppose the compassion behind the Id-less voting movement wouldn't be extended to those exact same voters if they walked into a gun store with a mind to defend themselves.
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And of course, to these clowns, there are no poor whites in North Carolina/sarc. This is all about the Demorats losing their ability to carry on voter fraud.
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Take heart, patriots. This is not our republic's first rodeo. Americans have been in bad scrapes before, when it looked as if the Constitution could not stand up to the blows landed against it by a "lawless" Legislative Branch or by a "lawless" Executive Branch. American political history demonstrates that when lawlessness overtakes one or two branches of the US government, constitutional sheriffs spring up and, eventually, topple the outlaws and the strongmen from their positions of power and tame Dodge City (Washington DC) again. Today's sheriffs? True the Vote, Judicial Watch, J. Christian Adams, etc., etc.
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Especially in national elections everyone should be required to do it the same way--for local and mid-term they all need to be real close! Back in the day when common sense was still being used WE HAD TO SHOW A STATE ISSUED PHOTO ID at the pols! Now with absentee and mail in ballots one could attach a copy of your SIP-ID! But NO registering to vote on the same day BS! Everyone who votes has an ID--they need one to get on a plane--go to the welfare office--go to your HMO (I do) go into a federal building and drive a car legally and get car insurance! This not being required to show and ID is a SCAM and we know it---showing an ID would curtail the huge amount of voter fraud---AND the IRS needs to allow the conservative groups THEIR tax exempt status--just like all of the Dems. have and some of them don't qualify for it either--like maybe Obozo's half brother Milki--why does HE have a tax exempt status WHEN 300 OTHER GROUPS COULDN'T GET THEIR STATUS BEFORE THE 2012 ELECTION!THIS IS FRAUD--PLAIN AND SIMPLE AND THE EXCUSES ARE SO FLIMSY AND OUTRAGEOUS THAT THEY ARE LAUGHABLE!
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Voter ID laws help reduce the number of in-person cases of fraudulent votes, but only if the law is followed. Republicans will need poll workers in the urban neighborhoods where vote buying occurs. Republicans will also need lawyers on standby to aggressively fight any Democrat efforts to manufacture votes in any recounts.
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Tell that to Senator Coleman (Minn). Oh, wait...
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will eric holder sue bcuz obama has made my life harder? i make less money than i use to. my employer sponsored insurance rates went thru the roof as did my portion and deductibles.. cost of food up 25% electric water all up and gas 100+% higher..i will crawl 2 vote in every election until every last one of liberal loons are gone from office
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This is just the standard lefty lawfare tactic of playing for time. It's a couple of months until the next election; so they lost in a District Court, next stop the Circuit Court several months or years from now. If they lose there, next stop the USSC, a couple of years from now. Depending on the health of some aging Justices, it might be a great victory for republican democracy, but the 2014 election will have been decided long ago. I fought the communist b*st*rds for over twenty years and won more than I lost but I never won anything that they could tie up in the courts through a gubernatorial election; that's how they play the game.
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Does it really matter how many times Holder loses? Even if Obama were forced to replace him, the replacement would be just as bad and have a clean slate. By litigating losing cases, Holder uses government money to harass his opponents.
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I don't believe NC voters will actually have to show ID at the polling place until 2016. The new rules on early voting, however, are in effect.

For this election cycle everyone who shows up to vote is to be asked by the election judges if they possess valid ID. In most cases they don't have to show it. If they say no, they are advised on how to obtain a valid ID.

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The DoJ, and its Solicitor General, are having a bang-up time defending the half-baked ideas of this administration before the Courts.
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It is fantastic that anyone would be against voter ID, and claim that their position isn't to promote fraud.
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to pay for their health insurance? Those Obamacare subsidies are your tax money. Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this, but from then on FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE you will pay those higher rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats all voted for it, they can’t be depended on to join the effort. It’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is for all government levels. Remember, it’s YOUR money, so vote your pocketbook. This situation is hardly different from your taxes being assigned to pay insurance for an illegal alien, and that will happen when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx Also, medical taxes go up in 2014. See http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-taxes.php Join with us to our mutual benefit in the Primary elections and in November 2014.
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