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UN Rights Council Delves Into US Voter ID Laws
6 years ago

UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws

UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws

By Eric Shawn
Published March 14, 2012

The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland.. This, despite the fact that some members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and one member, Saudi Arabia, still bars women from the voting booth completely.
Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws, arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise voters and suppress the minority vote.
Eight states have passed voter ID laws in the past year, voter ID proposals are pending in 32 states and the Obama administration has recently moved to block South Carolina and Texas from enacting their voter ID measures.
"This really is a tactic that undercuts the growth of your democracy," said Hillary Shelton, the NAACP's senior vice president for advocacy, about voter photo ID requirements.
In a Fox News interview prior to his trip, Shelton said the message from the NAACP delegation to the Human Rights Council is that the photo ID law "undercuts the integrity of our government, if you allow it to happen. It's trickery, it's a sleight-of-hand. We're seeing it happen here and we don't want it to happen to you, and we are utilizing the U.N. as a tool to make sure that we are able to share that with those countries all over the world."
The United Nations has no legal jurisdiction over the American electoral system, which Shelton acknowledges. Asked whether he thinks that the U.N. should be involved in domestic American laws, he answered, "No, not specifically. The U.N. should certainly be involved in sharing a best practice for the world."
"We're the greatest country on the face of the earth, but we can be better still," he said.
The NAACP had scheduled two American citizens to present their claims at the U.N. panel who, the group says, worry they will be disenfranchised by the requirement to present a photo ID to vote. The civil rights group says one, Kemba Smith Pradia, was convicted of a drug-related offense and is concerned that if she moves back to Virginia from the Midwest, state law will block her voting because of her record, even though she was granted clemency by President Bill Clinton.
A second American, Austin Alex, is a Texas Christian University student. The NAACP says he is worried that he will be barred from voting because he only holds an out-of-state driver's license and a non-government student ID, not a Texas issued photo ID.
But supporters of photo ID requirements argue that states provide such identifications for free, and in some cases, voters can cast provisional or absentee ballots that do not even require a photo ID. The NAACP disputes those claims.
In 2008, the Supreme Court upheld the voter photo ID law enacted in Indiana.
The U.N. Human Rights Council members include communist China and Cuba. In addition, several Arab nations are on the council that have only granted the right to vote to women in recent years, such as Kuwait in 2005 and Qatar in 2003. Women in the Republic of Moldova have had the right to vote for less than 20 years.
Council member Saudi Arabia announced six months ago that women will be granted the right to vote, but that change does not go into effect until 2015.
"The idea that this is a human rights abuse is ridiculous," said Hans von Spakovsky, a voter fraud expert and senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C.
"The UN allowing this to take place under their roof makes them, unfortunately, complicit in what really is a publicity stunt by the NAACP, and I think it wastes their time, when they should be going after real and sustained human rights abuses like the things going on in horrible places, like North Korea."
Spakovsky, who supports voter photo ID laws, says it is a hypocritical and meaningless waste of time to present a case against American electoral laws at the UN forum.
"I think the leadership of the NAACP is, quite frankly, doing a disservice to American citizens and the democracy that we have here, by going abroad to the Human Rights Council, which is filled with dictatorships and other countries that actually and really abuse human rights."
He called the council's weighing of U.S. laws "an insult to the United States that the NAACP thinks we should be getting advice from those kinds of countries, which are not democracies, on how to administer elections in this country.”
But Shelton argues that the NAACP's presence at the Geneva conference can teach other nations how to improve their electoral systems.
"We can learn a lot from those who haven't gone through as much as we have," he said.
"Everyone has a different struggle, but there's lessons to learn from whoever we come across ... but there's also some things I think we can still help teach the rest of the world."

UN Rights Council Delves Into US Voter I.D. Laws | Fox News

6 years ago

Absurd, why is the UN superceding our own Voter ID laws that were passed in Congress? 


They need the dead to vote in November, calling all zombies to get out and vote.

Yep, the need the Walking Dead this November.

6 years ago


""We're the greatest country on the face of the earth ... "


Really? How did he come to that conclusion?


6 years ago

Who cares, I don't want another questionable presidential election and this voter ID is a good thing.  Every person has some sort of picture ID today and the states' give them out if you do not have a drivers license.


This is pushing it way too far to get the United Nations involved over an act of congress.  We are Americans, a sovereign nation but some people think it is the New World Order we need to bend and bow to. 


Why is Pres. Obama not running for President of the U.N., Pres. of the World, what next?  This is all being pushed hard by Eric Holder, Obama's no. 1 Attorney General and enforcer.  


Calling all Zombies to Vote for Obama in November.

6 years ago


To which questionable presidential election are you referring? I'm assuming it's the one from 2000.


6 years ago

Really? How did he come to that conclusion?


Because we are...

6 years ago

of course, that is a lesson to be learned from and not forgotten.

what are we doing here, another deja vu of 2000.


Holder was wrong siding with the antics of the new black panthers in Philadelphia when they were beligerent to voters in line.  He did nothing as he did not see this as voter intimidation or a violation of peoples' civil rigihts who did petition the atty. general's office.  they were legitimate claims but ignored.


Sorry, I have had it with this administration and I am very clear and loud about it; there is no respect for the American sovereignty, the Consitituion and now the voters. 

6 years ago



complete list of states where the Obama Admin. is knocking down each states' Voter ID laws; this is a very interesting read.

6 years ago


At least you spelled "deja vu" correctly.


Walkers With NO Voter ID ... Expect them to come out in Nov.
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6 years ago

Good.  I know of a  teacher who was reprimanded and nearly fired for instituting a high school voter's registration drive.  That's the GOP.  Young adults often vote liberal. Can't have that.  Too bad the UN can't look at all the redistricting that's been going on.

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6 years ago

I can't believe you said that Angelica.  There are a lot of rotten apples in education as there are in other professions and they are not all republicans either.


You would prefer the United Nations overseeing the laws of the United States?


I will take the sovereignty of the United States of America as an independent country anyday ... I don't believe in globalism.  That is one foot in that direction by allowing the U.N. which is another hypocritial convention to supercede the U.S. Constitution, Congress, Senate and We The People of The USA.


The U.N. does nothing for human rights in many third world countries; they allow atrocities to continue and scum dictators to address the council.

6 years ago

The list is quite long where the United Nations Council should address violations of human rights starting with ethnic cleansing; rape, murder, genocide, women not able to read, enslavement, etc.  ---- just to name a few problems that the U.N. should be addressing. 


Stay out of America's voter ID laws that individual states want implemented to keep elections clean.

6 years ago

Eric Holder insists that there is “no evidence” that voter fraud is serious problem in elections, and that asking for photo ID before voting is all about racism and discrimination.  The facts beg to differ:

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THIS is why we fight for voter ID. Every fraudulent vote that is cast robs a REAL voter of their right to have their voice heard.

This is the second time O’Keefe has exposed how easy it is to commit voter fraud without proper ID.   His last sting was in New Hampshire, where, despite the fact that Democrats were more interested in investigating the whistle blower than the problem, authorities were finally forced to admit there WAS huge potential for voter fraud and passed a voter ID bill to prevent it.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media isn’t interested in reporting this important story, on which the entire 2012 election could possibly hinge, so it’s up to citizen journalists like Breitbart and Co. to expose it and build public awareness.

Report: 2 Million Dead People, 24 Million Ineligible Voters Still Registered To Receive Ballots

Poll: Whopping 72% of Americans Favor Voter ID Laws Being Blocked By Obama Admin, Only 22% Oppose Them

Ex-Dem Congressman: Voter Fraud Is Commonplace, Voter ID Is The Cure

White House, Justice Dept. Fight Against Voter ID Laws That Threaten Democrat Plan to Steal 2012 Election

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March 14th, 2012

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives has approved the so-called Voter ID bill, setting the stage for Pennsylvania to become the 16th state to require voters to show photo identification at the polls. (more)

March 13th, 2012

The far left is making an unprecedented two-track move to derail states’ efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box for this November’s elections. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) is blocking state efforts, liberal activists are taking this issue to the United Nations Human Rights Council. (more)

March 12th, 2012

The Obama administration blocked Texas’s new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls, escalating a partisan dispute over voting restrictions. (more)

March 8th, 2012

The New Hampshire state Senate passed a bill requiring residents to show identification before voting after a well-publicized video showed how easy it is to obtain a ballot in the name of a dead person in the state. (more)

January 12th, 2012

1.) Dems defend voting rights of the dead — Yesterday TheDC presented James O’Keefe’s latest video sting, showing how easy it is to use a dead person’s ballot to vote in New Hampshire. The reaction was immediate. TheDC’s David Martosko and Christopher Bedford report: (more)


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January 12th, 2012

Reacting to two reports of voter fraud in two early primary states, state legislators say South Carolina’s new voter ID law would prevent voters from getting ballots under the names of dead people. (more)

January 11th, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The director of South Carolina’s Department of Motor Vehicles has told the State Law Enforcement Division that more than 900 people who were recorded as having voted were actually dead. (more)

January 11th, 2012

Video footage of undercover reporters obtaining New Hampshire primary ballots intended for people who have died may appear shocking, but it is no surprise to Artur Davis, a former Democratic congressman and vocal advocate against voter ID fraud. (more)

January 11th, 2012

Millions of Americans board planes every month. On each occasion, they are asked to present a photo ID to gain entry into the gate. It’s a procedure we’ve come to accept for a little peace of mind so that air travel can be more secure. (more)

December 30th, 2011

Eric Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an all-out war on voter-ID laws and other measures designed to safeguard the electoral process. Although Holder’s actions are purportedly to prevent African-Americans from being disenfranchised, the reality is that they serve the crass political purpose of ensuring that Holder’s boss gets re-elected next year. (more)

December 23rd, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Justice Department is rejecting South Carolina’s voter ID law, saying it makes it harder for minorities to vote. (more)


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This List Will Only Get Bigger
6 years ago
December 9th, 2011

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is taking its racial grievances against America to the United Nations this weekend. (more)

November 24th, 2011

Law enforcement officials have charged 12 people with using absentee ballots to skew an election in Georgia. (more)

November 15th, 2011

New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller that laws requiring voters to present photo identification are part of a “deliberate plot by conservatives and Republicans to suppress votes” that would be cast by minorities, the elderly and young people. (more)

November 7th, 2011

House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland is leading a group of Democrats in opposition to voter-ID laws that require individuals to present photo identification at the polls. (more)

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6 years ago

Angelica, the redistricting in my state did not go the GOP way at all.  It did make some dems unhappy in that new dems took over there areas.   Actually, I would love it if someone looked in to redistricting and how it's done.  I would imagine each state depending on who is running the show makes the call.  It's really not a one way street.  You may not like what happened in your state, just as I am not thrilled with our outcome.  It is, what it is.


The UN does not have any say over our electoral law.  Let them discuss it, it changes nothing.  It is a joke though to be asking some of those countries opinions on how our elections are set up.

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