By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
Attorney General Eric Holder’s unstated objective of allowing voter fraud in the November 2012 elections, hit a serious road block yesterday, as a result of a ruling by the full panel of 12 judges on the federal 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
The court’s decision upheld the provision in Arizona’s 2004 Proposition 200 law, requiring voters to produce a valid ID in order to cast their vote. In their opinion … ‘no proof was offered to show that the ID requirement gave Latinos fewer opportunities to vote,’ according to an AP article appearing in FOXNews today.
The court further opined that Arizona’s requirement to produce a valid ID before casting a ballot wasn’t a poll tax, and doesn’t violate equal protection rights under the Constitution.
However, the court did state that the federal National Voter Registration Act trumps another section of the Arizona law, which requires people to prove their citizenship in order to vote.
This may have been an attempt by the court to address the DOJ friend-of-the-court brief filed in the case, which urged that it overturn the state law, claiming it is invalid because of conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act.
Regardless, the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles is the only source for a drivers license or state issued photo ID, and the department requires applicants to provide two to three pieces of identification to issue one–one which did require proof of U.S. citizenship prior to issue, such as a drivers license from another state–except drivers licenses issued by the four states that do not require prior proof of U.S. citizenship–Illinois, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.
So, for all practical purposes, Arizona voters must prove U.S. citizenship prior to voting.
When questioned about suing states with laws requiring voters to produce Photo ID, with South Carolina and Texas most recently added to the list, Attorney General Eric Holder offered ‘a rather curious defense,’ according to Mytheos Holt’s February 29, 2012 article in The Blaze.
“There really is no statistical indication that in person vote fraud has to be cured by the introduction of voter photo ID,” Holder said.
Enter James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas, who famously videoed so many sessions of criminal activity, including voter fraud, by ACORN employees–which moved Congress to immediately defund them, forcing them to close, then liquidate in bankruptcy, and after dozens of criminal prosecutions, countless employees are serving prison sentences across the nation.
Earlier this month, using his trademark hidden camera and microphone, he created the perfect rebuttal to Holder’s disturbingly lame assertion of there being ‘no voter fraud,’ according to an April 9, 2012 article by Lou Dobbs, with the video imbedded.
O’Keefe boldly went to Holder’s own Washington, D.C. polling place, and asked if “Eric Holder” was registered. The poll worker replied yes, and offered O’Keefe, who is white, a voting ballot in Holder’s place.
Even though O’Keefe did not in fact say he was Eric Holder, the poll worker made the assumption and offered O’Keefe Holder’s ballot to complete and submit.
O’Keefe then said he felt the need to prove who he was by showing his ID to the poll worker, who replied … ‘as long as you here, and you say you are Eric Holder, you don’t need it.’
O’Keefe then replied he would prefer to show his ID, but that it was in his car, and told the poll worker he would return with it … “faster than you can say furious!”
Although this episode must be incredibly embarrassing for the nations’ highest ranking law enforcement officer; Holder will likely not have to worry about it actually happening, because it appears his frivolous lawsuits challenging states against such laws will ultimately be dismissed as a result of this appellate court ruling.
Another Obama campaign strategy bites the dust…thank God for us all.