Republicans slam Justice Department on voter ID moves
July 26th, 2012
06:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans slam Justice Department on voter ID moves

Washington (CNN) – Congressional Republicans told a top Justice official Thursday his department is wrong to fight state voter ID laws and that the government needs to do more to ensure people serving abroad in the military are able to vote.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, said the Justice Department "is seeking headlines opposing voter ID laws that an overwhelming majority of Americans support."

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  1. JustAO

    Voters who have never had a problem voting for decades slam GOP for poll tax and voter suppression laws since it's the only way Romney could ever beat Obama in November election!

    July 26, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The republican bafoon party is mad that they got caught try to disinfrancise voters and fix elections like they did in Florida with gore ,what their to stupid to realize is there probably screwing their own small number of voters as well ,their going down in flames anyway in Gop train wreck in Nov ,with BACHMANN and romney on board .

    July 26, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    So, President Obama's birthday invitation card that gives you a chance to join President Obama for his birthday specifically says U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and District of Columbia, yet, we are okay with letting anybody walk into the voting polls to vote and not ask for an ID? How ridiculous is this???? Let me guess it will impact the minorities, yet minorities can buy liquor, cigarettes and cash their welfare checks and obtain food stamps using their IDs? This is just as ridiculous as it can get from Democrats. Always Democrats with some sort of gimmick.

    July 26, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    An overwhelming number of people support,more lies from. The Gop bafoon party ,a vote for romney is a vote for BACHMANN the loon .

    July 26, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If it infringes the ability of legal voters to vote, then it should be fixed. How is that so hard to fathom? There has to be a better way. I think that would require much more time, effort and money that most people are willing to spend.

    July 26, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Kimberly

    TRENT FRANKS- same loon that is on bachmans EVERYONES A TERRORIST panel. This man has more screws lose than he has screws tight! He is insane! I have no idea what the people in az are smoking but i hope they put the pipe down before the next election!

    July 26, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. PJ, TX

    Trent Franks, R-Az, signed the Bachman letter regarding Clinton's aid and the Muslim Brotherhood and he signed the Norquist pledge, the same Norquist that is married to a Palestinian Muslim lady. This guy is nutso.
    Now he thinks its okay to deny American citizens the right to vote because an "overwhelming majority of
    Americans" support it. No they don't. Running scared does not give you the right to run over the laws.
    Pathetic.

    July 26, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. CBR

    Rep. Franks does not understand the role the Justice Department. This dept. should be making sure that all eligible Americans are given the right to vote If states which to ask for id's then they need to make id's readily available instead of looking for ways to keep people out of the voting booth.

    Once again a member of Congress is blaming someone else instead of themselves over the right to vote and id's. Will there be 50 states with different election laws? Will we going back tot he days when African Americans were not allowed to vote for various reasons. Those in charge wished to treat the African Americans as second class citizens. Perhaps he was not alive when the Civil Rights movement fought for equal rights.

    July 26, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And an overwhelming majority of Americans will also be sorely discomfited if they show up to vote and discover that suddently they are required to produce a piece of identification that they could not get.
    For whatever reason, Republicans are obsessed with the thought of voter fraud, when the biggest examples of it in recent history have been in 2004 Ohio, when the Diebold machines showed more people voting for President Bush than lived in some of the precincts they were stationed in. Note I did not say more people voting than were registered, but that resided there!
    I will grant that Jack Kennedy probably won in 1960 due to Chicago and its notorious Daley machine, but come on, if you are going to stuff the ballot box, the winner of an area shouldn't win by more votes than lives there.

    July 26, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    A person can use his gun license to vote but a student cannot use their school ID
    You can purchase thousands of rounds of ammunition from the internet with NO ID but yet you cannot vote without one
    My mom is 87 years old and this year, she is not able to vote – her ID expired and she does not have a birth certificate nor does the state where she was born... Is that fair???

    You can ONLY vote once – your name is in a book because you are registered and they cross you out after you vote – where is the FRAUD??? I cannot jump from state to state and vote – In my opinion, I truly believe that people are not out here PLOTTING how to vote more than once. Pah-Leezzzeeee!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    July 26, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    What majority supports voter suppression laws. It's easier to get an assault rifle than a voter registration card. I am all for eliminating fraud but the verification should occur at the point of registration not at the polls.

    July 26, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. george of the jungle

    the whole idea presented by the repos is bogus. What voter freud? People think this is just get a photo Id and all is well. The stuff the repos want is to turn in new registrations within 48 hours or pay a fine fill out a bunch of stupid paperwork. and pretty much put people through a lot of hoops to discourage them from voteing.The ones effected by this are the poor and elderly. Thats their idea of a democracy. Keep the poor out and let the rich run the country. Forward 2012

    July 26, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Johnnie

    Voter id was not an issue in 2008 presidential elections but hwy now. The answer is simple, the GOP have realized the strength and political zeal of President Obama, and therefore are willfully determined to deprived Obama supporters to vote. This uncivil and unpatriotic attempt has fully been displayed by the Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to make sure Romney wins in Pennsylvania. Such premeditated approach has define our democracy gone wild and that would ultimately come back to haunt the Republicans in due course.

    July 26, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. marty

    The voter ID law is as stupid as the individuals promoting it. The Republicans know it is a farce and the general public is learning that it is. Unfortunately, the Republicans are hell bent on taking away the most basic right of many Americans. Americans who have had family members fight and die for this solemn right. The spin that the Republicans put out to promote this action is shameful. Republicans were once a party of means.....then they became the mean party....and now they are the party of deceit.

    July 26, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Common sense grandma

    What overwhelming majority?

    July 26, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    The voter fraud case is rattled so often despite a Bush led commission finding it was virtually non existent. Since the number of people on or below the poverty line is increasing requiring photo ID disenfranchises, and these people cant afford to own a car.
    One has to assume voter registration laws already exist in all states already covering most fraud potentials. what I find appalling is that its Republican governed states who are making changes and many of them instigated this year. It smells.
    If nothing else and the case in Pensylvania where the key author says it ensures a Romney win automatically invalidates its introduction for any upcoming election this year in my opinion as it is clear the intent was to disenfranchise or favor one party compared with the other
    Regards,
    Hodgson
    PS for you blog editors many people will see the "E"ffects of this legislation and it will personally "A"ffect me
    HO HO. Hodgson.

    July 27, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. fernace

    Two points strike me here: why are the Republicans the only 1's so concerned w/"voter ID" laws & where is the "overwhelming" support by the voters! So far, all I hear from people is non-support & anger about the effort to suppress votes! Draw your own conclusions!! Forward-Obama 2012!

    July 27, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  18. tammyk tammy

    As a democrat who lives in PA, I wasn't sure if I had any issues with requesting ID to vote. I do question however whether this type of law will be equally applied across all ethnic groups. Before the last local election in my district, I received a notice in the mail advising that I would be asked for picture ID as a trial run on PA's new Voter ID law. I am white and live in the small predominately white neighborhood of Brackenridge, PA. When I went to vote I was never asked for any ID. None of the the election people personally know me. I also did not hear them ask any other voters for ID. Makes me wonder if the ID laws will be applied across the board to all voters of all ethnic groups and not just targeted groupsN? I had ID ready like I was advised, so why was I not required to produce it before I voted? Maybe my local election board didn't feel it was really necessary to go to all that trouble in a small mostly white community, hmmmm? Can't wait to see if they bother to check in November.

    July 27, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  19. Chris

    I constantly hear outrage over the possibility of even just one fraudulent vote being cast – but absolutely zero concern regarding the thousands of real American citizens that will be denied their vote because of these new voter ID laws. The number of actual cases of voter fraud in this country are less than a fraction of a percent. Yet Republicans have convinced everyone on the right that voter fraud is a major problem in this country. So the GOP has across the country passed a slew of new laws supposedly to fight voter fraud yet every time they have a negative impact on those groups who traditionally vote Democratic.

    July 27, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  20. Marie MD

    This guy sounds like the weeper of the house. The "American people": say, want, need without knowing that most of us can't stand him or his teapublikkkans.
    Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, said the Justice Department "is seeking headlines opposing voter ID laws that an overwhelming majority of Americans support."
    A lot of older folks don't drive anymore = no driver licenses with a photo on them.

    July 27, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |