President Obama’s Department of Justice has made headlines over the weekend with their demand that the State of Florida stop efforts to remove dead and ineligible voters from voter rolls. The DoJ had one of their lawyers send the state a two-page letter questioning the legality of the effort under federal election laws, and the media was quick to point out that the voters flagged were disproportionately minorities.
As to that last claim, America has a problem with illegal immigrants who are disproportionately Hispanic, so it makes sense that an effort targeting (at least in part) illegal immigrants on the voter rolls probably would impact minorities disproportionately.
But who cares, as long as the voters removed are, in fact illegitimate? It’s not about race, it’s about who is and is not eligible to cast a ballot.
As to the DoJ’s questions about legality, Andrew Malcolm points out that the state isn’t kicking anyone off the rolls. They’re flagging voters and sending them to local entities for further investigation:
Washington has ordered Florida to end its effort to remove ineligible voters from the state’s voter rolls. This is breathtaking. It couldn’t be clearer that the government is actively promoting voter fraud.
Somehow, the DOJ has determined that purging illegal voters — felons, noncitizens, the deceased — from the rolls is a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as well as the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. According to the Miami Herald, the department’s lead civil rights attorney, T. Christian Herren Jr., sent the state “a detailed two-page letter” on Thursday demanding that Florida’s elections division shut down its pursuit.
What’s missing from Herren’s complaint is the fact that no one is actually moved off the rolls until they are found to be ineligible. Simply sending names to county elections supervisors to confirm eligibility, which is what Florida officials are doing, discriminates against no one. Either the person is eligible to vote or not.
No one is harassed or summarily tossed off the voter rolls. There is no poll tax or literacy test.
Groups on the left could find “discrimination” on Mars. So of course they declare that Florida’s attempt to certify the integrity of its voter rosters is discriminatory. They lament that requiring the voters in question to prove they are eligible is a burden on voters rather than on government.
Put another way, it seems as though the very act of maintaining the integrity of voter records is considered by our friends on the left to be discriminatory.
And it is discriminatory. Against illegitimate voters. Which, I suspect, is the real problem Obama and Democrats have. Those illegitimate voters are an important bloc of support for them. Which is also why they abhor voter ID laws. Except, of course, when it comes to their conventions.