Attorney General Holder pledges to protect the right to vote
July 7th, 2012
11:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Attorney General Holder pledges to protect the right to vote

(CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder promised Saturday to do all in his power to protect Americans' right to vote.

Speaking at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas, he praised the group and encouraged it to keep holding politicians' feet to the fire. La Raza is the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

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  1. Phil Thomas

    Issa keep the witch hunt going, this guy is not backing down. Meanwhile, Voters in your district will learn all about your sketchy past, attacks on the post office so your cronies can privatize the system. The scandals, dirty tricks and your famous proclamation to sling mud on obama until it sticks. All of you GOP water carriers need to learn about both men, its easy just use Google or bing. one guy has a graveyard in his closet and the other protects the rights of the disenfranchised.

    July 7, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. labman57

    The (publicly stated) rationale for all of these restrictive voter ID laws emanating from Republican-controlled state legislatures - "voter fraud".

    There is a world of difference between voting fraud (i.e., fraud perpetrated by the voter at the precincts on election day) and voter registration fraud. There is very little evidence for the former in the U.S. (other than that being perpetrated by O'Keefe's not-ready-for-prime-time players), yet conservatives are hell bent on enacting legislation to combat it, suggesting an ulterior motive is at play.

    If Republicans sincerely want to tackle real election fraud, then they should focus their efforts on deceptive practices used to prevent some citizens from voting, as well as what happens to the votes after they are cast.

    In other words, election fraud DOES exist ... except that the fraudulent party is not the voter - it is the political party tactician who attempts to mislead a subset of the public with respect to date and/or location of the voting process, or the hired thug who attempts to intimidate selected citizens who show up to vote, it is the opposition party's tactical team which fronts faux candidates to run against an authentic party candidate in state primary elections, and it is the local election official who conveniently misplaces ballots or runs out of ballots at precincts that traditionally vote Democrat.

    With respect to the voter ID legislation being pushed forth by Republican-controlled state legislatures, GOP legislators should simply cut to the chase and proclaim that the only Americans who have a legitimate right to vote are those who are registered members of the Republican Party.

    July 7, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    The Obama administration is really getting ridiculous along with La Raza. How difficult is it for Latino voters to show their personal identifications? What they don't have a state id, driver's license, passport that shows US Citizenship, etc...? Basically, Latino claim to be floating in life without id's????? How about their original US Citizenship certificate that has your photo? I have my certificate, it has my photo plus I have my voter's card and all you do is show both of them.

    July 7, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. cali ha ha

    Thank you period

    July 7, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    That's Right Atty Gen. Holder 'BLOCK' ALL VOTING SUPPRESSION LAWS! The Republicans stuck it to you. Now you stick it to them!!!!!!! Go OBama 2012!!!!!

    July 8, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. SafeJourney

    Thank you. Every American has the right to vote. Dispite the efforts of some Repub Governors to deny that right

    July 8, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    When voting in what is a national election for Representatives, Senators or the Presidency the law on voting should be a federal law common to all states.
    There are large numbers of forged driving licenses so thats not an option and they can be rigged in other ways, and not everyone drives a car. If you want to Photo ID every person living in the state then that cost should be borne by the state, then you run into how to prove they are a citizen and reside in the state and old enough to vote.
    Some of these are also covered in the national law anyway
    My point is simple they are federal representation elections and common federal law applies. you want to change that get the voting law amended thru the House and Senate, not thid current flood of individual staes in an election year trying to change the law at state level.
    I smell something worse than a conspiracy I smell a horribly stinking rat, with bad intentions towards voter rights.
    My guess is all the changes are being promulgated by states whose governors and state local governments are Republican controlled.
    In which case Holder must pursue oppose strongly against all such changes.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 8, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. HumbleTruth

    Holder has been shielding illegal immigrant votes by withholding federal records of non-citizens and other illegal voters. They've sued states for requiring picture IDs to vote because they know that will not allow people voting in the name of others (dead, not in attendance, etc.). The whole country should be willing to throw this guy out on his head. This is purely political and has no sense of justice. It is bipartisan sophistry at it's very best.

    July 8, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans know that the only way they can elect the Kochs' puppet, Mr. Mittens, is to suppress the vote.

    July 8, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |