Conservative website raises stir over ID check at Holder event
July 10th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative website raises stir over ID check at Holder event

(CNN) - Conservative websites were abuzz Tuesday after one suggested it was ironic that the NAACP requested reporters covering a speech by Attorney General Eric Holder bring two forms of identification, a common practice at major events.

Holder has spoken out - most recently in his speech at the convention on Tuesday - against state laws that would require individuals to present photo identification to vote.

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"In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and strong," Holder said at the NAACP convention in Houston. "But let me be clear: We will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right."

He said voter ID laws, such as one proposed in Texas that his Justice Department is fighting, are "harmful to minority voters," who may be unable to travel to or afford to obtain suitable identification.

The conservative website Townhall.com pointed to an NAACP press release, which it said requested reporters bring a government-issued photo identification as well as a credential from their organization when checking in, which is not unusual at that type of event.

"What did media need in order to attend? That's right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification, too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting," a post to the website read.

"Ironically, NAACP President Ben Jealous railed against voter ID just before Holder took the stage," the post continued, adding a quote from Jealous' remarks.

Other conservative websites posted on the matter, including one site that wrote, "NAACP Requires Photo ID To See Eric Holder Speak About His Efforts To Stop Voter ID Laws."

In addition to the voting issue, Holder has been in the spotlight in connection with the Fast and Furious gun-running sting. The House of Representatives voted last month to hold Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to release some documents relating to the program, the first time a sitting attorney general has been held in contempt by Congress.


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  1. Name JR

    What? Hypocrisy. What's more likely a terrorist at demo event or an illegal voting? Let me see. Why don't we protect against both. Seems that would be apolitical. Unless you want non-citizens voting and you want someone hurt.

    July 10, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Name JR

    By the way I'm not a conservative website. HYPOCRACY IS AWFUL.

    July 10, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that Holder is a member of the cabinet, it isn't a huge surprise.

    July 10, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. Bubba Ho-tep

    It's interesting how holder spends more of his time defending people that would rather dodge justice (such as himself) rather than uphold it. Frankly, I can't see an issue with showing an ID to vote. If I want to drive 10 feet, I need to have my driver's license with me. Heck, every job I've ever had has required me to have a badge or a name-tag or some other form of identification. This guy should be ashamed of himself for not taking responsibility for fast and furious and for withholding documents from a congressonal subpoena.

    July 10, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. 333maxwell

    *meh* some of these conservative websites are way out there, and the only ones reading them are already hooked.

    I wouldn't waste too much energy on this one.

    July 10, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Homer

    Wow! The hypocrisy of the left is just amazing.

    July 10, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Inis Magrath

    If conservatives don't understand the difference between attending a private event and exercising a constitutional right to vote, then they are even more stupid than I thought.

    July 10, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sorry Conservatives but your so called "got you moment" is childs play, find something better to do like picking up your Bible that teaches love and not hate. Oh I forgot you only use the Bible as a convience.

    July 10, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. Donna

    In Indiana we have to show a state issued photo ID to vote. This ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court. Everytime Eric Holder says this rule will disenfranchise the minority voters, I don't believe him. If they want any kind of assistance from the government or state, an ID is required. Why is it, if I would be stopped for a traffic violation, the first thing they want to see is a Driver's License (Photo ID). The ID's are free to those who can't afford to pay for them. Also, if one person votes that is not legal to do so, that is disenfranchising my LEGAL vote. Can I then sue the government for not preventing a fraudulant vote?

    July 10, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Showmeyerpapers

    A caucasion fellow recently obtained eric withholder's ballot without i d. Americans HAVE I D, illegals do not. NO I D NO BALLOT!

    July 10, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. A W Messenger

    The fix is in. ACORN has already registered millions of dead people all over the country.

    Obama's number one cronie, Holder, will do everything he can to get those fraudulent voters a fast and furious path to the voting booths.

    July 10, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. Adam

    GOP-pers and alexithymic Mitt know they are fighting a losing battle.

    July 10, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. Thomas

    I'm sure Congressman Darrell Issa is doing his part to do NOTHING !

    Perry / Issi
    2016 New World Disorder

    July 10, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. Colorado for ROMNEY

    No metal detectors?

    July 10, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. spike

    the hypocrisy of this administration never ceases to amaze me...unbelievable.

    July 11, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. Romy Monteyro

    Both Holder and the NAACP wants non-U.S. citizens, read illegal aliens, to vote for Obama. That is the only reason they are opposed to voter ID laws. One has to be extremely naive or outright idiotic to believe otherwise. Holder and the NAACP are actually insulting the intelligence of the minority whom they claim cannot obtain government issued ID cards implying that they are not intelligent enough to secure said IDs. Holder's contention that those minorities are too busy to take time out from their jobs to obtain IDs is just too inane. If they are working they have to have IDs. And even if they are on welfare they still have to present a valid ID either to cash their welfare checks or when they spend them on liquor and tobacco! Holder is playing dumb. If he is not, then he and that NAACP honcho Jealous, are just plain dumb!

    July 11, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. Joseph

    Cue the spin.. err... hypocrisy.. err clarification from Lefties.

    July 11, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. Phil Thomas

    This is an attempt to disenfranchise voters in inner city and ethnic neighborhoods. ID laws make sense but not done in a partisan way, months before elections, with laws clearly geared towards violating civil rights. Shame on the people that allow this though, people die in countries like Egypt, Syria, you name it for the simple right to vote. Shame on those that would disregard people the right to vote and even more shame on people that don't fight to keep this right your granted and allow TV and Radio to brain wash them and justify this. Again nothing wrong with ID Laws but do it in a way that is fair

    July 11, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. clephas

    There is a distinct difference between preventing voters from getting to the booths and security precautions for a high level official. Since it has already been proven that most of the voter ID laws really do prevent far more legitimate voters from getting to the polls than they prevent fraud, then there is no legitimacy to GOP complaints on this matter.

    July 11, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Requiring two forms of IDs is "a common practice at major events." What is so hard to understand about that?

    Oh, yeah, I forgot the right wing is once again creating a controversy where none exists, doing the ol' "Nanny-nanny boo-boo" tactic of projection.

    The GOP is simply pathetic!

    July 11, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. SAMiAM

    This article is a waste of webspace. Everyone knows that this is done at many large events where you want to control your audience. Repubs and Dems do it all the time.

    July 11, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. d

    NAACP are a bunch of goons and bullies.

    July 11, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    False equivalence. Leave it to conservatives to try and spin this into something it isn't. Pathetic.

    July 11, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. L. R. Long

    Wow. Reporters gaining access to an event is the same thing as citizens gaining access to a voting booth? It's official, conservatives have 6 year olds running their websites.

    July 11, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  25. L. R. Long

    You know who should have their voting rights restricted? The people who take these websites seriously.

    July 11, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
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