With his legacy largely hinging on his efforts at preserving the fundamental right to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder is not taking any chances with tomorrow’s mid-term elections. Since Republicans have nothing to sell but fear and fear itself, the Department of Justice intends to deploy federal monitors to 18 states to watch for discrimination against voters.
Monitors will be heading to the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
“One of the Justice Department’s most sacred responsibilities is ensuring access to the ballot box for every eligible American,”Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message on the department’s website.“I want the American people to know that the Justice Department will stand vigilant — working in a fair and nonpartisan manner to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination or obstruction,”he said. (The Hill Blog)
Eric Holder and monitor in the same sentence has to give a teabagger a heart attack. But since they’ve proven they can’t behave themselves, the action appears to be necessary. Considering that this is the first major federal election since the Supreme Court took a giant dump on parts of the Voting Rights Act, it will be interesting to see how smoothly democracy runs. And in the interest of transparency, the DOJ will also have toll-free lines for voters to bring civil rights complaints, as well as the email address [email protected]. And just in case you’re a big fan of Gordon Gekko there’s a fax number too.
Surely there’s an over/under on Fox News running footage of black guys standing outside white polling places, in an attempt to smear this effort, but it’s better to be safe than obstructed.
H/T: The HIll
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