Holder And NAACP Tee Up Voter ID Issue For Romney Appearance

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP National Convention Tuesday and deviated from prepared remarks to call voter ID laws “poll taxes.”

Under the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student IDs would not,” Holder said. “Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxes.”

Holder is a vocal opponent of voter ID bills but this may be the first time the Attorney General has drawn the specific and obvious comparison between Republican anti-voting campaigns and the Jim Crow-era effort to intentionally disenfranchise African-Americans.

The remarks also come a day before Mitt Romney is scheduled to address the NAACP in an effort to try and court any voters he can.

“We are living through the greatest wave of legislative assaults on voting rights in more than a century,” Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the NAACP said Monday in his opening speech at the convention. “In the past year, more states have passed more laws pushing more voters out of the ballot box than at any time since the rise of Jim Crow.”

Going on the offensive on the issue of voter ID and the Republican support of these restrictive bills is a smart move by Holder politically to keep the base riled, but for the conversation to really change this framing must be consistently maintained by Democrats general. That is a much trickier proposition, but Holder and Jealous deserve credit for tossing the coal in Romney’s lap.

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Photo from ryanjreilly via flickr.

65 comments

Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago

AG HOLDER IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. A GUN PERMIT IS VALID, BECAUSE IT'S MOST LIKELY A REPUBLIKKKLAN. A STUDENT I.D. IS NOT VALID, BECAUSE IT'S MOST LIKELY A DEMOCRAT. HOW SICK IS THIS COUNTRY? WE MUST PUT AN END TO THIS LUNACY AND GIVE EVERY AMERICAN THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE! F**K THE TBAGGER/REPUBLIKKLAN RACIST, BIGOT, HATERS. SHIP THEM ALL OFF TO COMMUNIST CHINA.

Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago

AG HOLDER IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. A GUN PERMIT IS VALID, BECAUSE IT'S MOST LIKELY A REPUBLIKKKLAN. A STUDENT I.D. IS NOT VALID, BECAUSE IT'S MOST LIKELY A DEMOCRAT. HOW SICK IS THIS COUNTRY? WE MUST PUT AN END TO THIS LUNACY AND GIVE EVERY AMERICAN THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE! F**K THE TBAGGER/REPUBLIKKLAN RACIST, BIGOT, HATERS. SHIP THEM ALL OFF TO COMMUNIST CHINA.

Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

Holder you are just an ass
Worst AG ever

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Thanks Mimi!

Mimi Brown
Mimi Brown4 years ago

Kevin B- keep trying to give you a green star and it says I cannot because I already have done so recently, but keep up the good work!

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders4 years ago

I don't know why so many people think this is a poor and Blacks/Hispanics- only issue. Can YOUR parents vote? My Dad can't- he let his driver's license expire due to failing eyesight, and the county-issued voter registration card he's used for decades is no longer accepted without a photo ID. I'll have to pack a lunch and spend a day with him at the DMV.

Richard B.
Richard B.4 years ago

I'm curious to see how Romney is going to flip-flop.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

@Kevin B. [DR C.-Take a few more green stars out of petty cash, on me!]

Thank you! Would you care for a slice of barbecued troll and a beer?

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

DR C.-Take a few more green stars out of petty cash, on me!

Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

@BillOreally O. [@Kevin B. My point is 99.5% of people already have the proper ID!!]

Alas your in error again. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth (government) did some research , crosschecking their voter registration roles against the DOT database and found that 750,000 voters did not have up to date ID. That is conservatively 9.2% of the population (nearly 1 in 10)

Who knows what talking-head gave you your 99.5% figure , but chances are it was not based upon factual data as was the case with the report made by the Pennsylvania's government.

Please feel free to keep expressing yourself though. :)