Attorney General Warns: Not Enough Federal Oversight of Election
Civil rights groups like Henderson's treat the hundreds of federal observers as their own private muscle. Complaints by groups like the ACLU, the NAACP, and Lawyers Committee to the DOJ were an essential element to any DOJ decision to deploy observers to a particular location. Private civil rights groups can therefore enjoy bigger clout on a local level because they wield the threat of making a phone call and having taxpayer-funded federal observers appear. It's classic rent-seeking brought to electoral politics.
What we know now is that the 2014 federal election was completed without federal observers, and without a hitch. It's hard to see why 2016 will be any different.
Contrary to Mr. Henderson’s sky-is-falling rhetoric, the absence of federal observers in 2014 didn’t make a bit of difference. Places that did have 2014 election day problems were not places usually covered by the federal observer program, and thus the wisdom of the Shelby decision is magnified.
Some election officials have since received calls from DOJ asking if their observers could be let in anyhow. Call it voluntary submission to the feds. Officials have told DOJ no way. That’s smart, because Justice would only be there to collect evidence to sue them.
States that choose to do so should implement their own state-run observer programs to fill any gap and ensure the integrity of the presidential election.
The Supreme Court recognized that the problems afflicting America in 1965 are now the stuff of museums. Sending swarms of federal officials into polling places in the Deep South is as absurd as writing this article on a Hermes 3000 typewriter.
But groups complaining about the lack of federal observers are doing so because they want Hillary Clinton to win the White House. They can pretend it’s something else. But they know deep down that scaring minority voters into thinking it is still 1965 will help elect Hillary. Fear will drive them to the polls.
We’ve come to expect the most unseemly sort of racial politics from certain corners. That the Obama Justice Department would join in, after seven years of watching this gang, comes as absolutely no surprise.