Monday, October 27, 2008

Wanted: guards for henhouse, must be a fox

The WSJ discusses the top officials at the US Department of Justice in charge of monitoring voting rights issues. In an election season where the biggest stories are about ACORN's registration of fraudulent voters in an effort to obtain more votes for Obama, Obama's own support of ACORN, and the Obama campaign's intentional efforts to enable illegal campaign contributions through online donations (start here and scroll down for more), the WSJ points out that the Justice Department officials with decisionmaking authority to determine what the DOJ will investigate regarding voter fraud allegations all have one thing in common.

They contributed to Obama.

And this is the effect:

The lawyers at the Civil Rights Division are already falling into line. Justice recently decided to reverse a policy in place since 2002 to send criminal attorneys and other federal employees to monitor polling places. The decision came two weeks after a September meeting to which the Civil Rights Division invited dozens of left-wing activist groups to discuss voter "access" to the polls.

Justice has also failed to enter the fray in Ohio. As many as 200,000 new voter registrations in that state are suspect, yet Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is refusing to follow the 2002 Help America Vote Act that requires her to verify these registrations. The Ohio Republican Party sued Mrs. Brunner, but the Supreme Court said the GOP lacked standing. Justice does have standing -- it is charged with upholding that law -- but has ignored the fight. The Justice excuse is that it isn't appropriate to file litigation so close to Election Day.

Yet that hasn't stopped the Civil Rights Division this month from filing a lawsuit against Waller County, Texas, to correct alleged violations of the Voting Rights Act; a lawsuit against Vermont for failing to report accurately on overseas ballots; and an amicus brief in a case filed by a civil-rights group that is suing to stop the Georgia Secretary of State from complying with voter verification rules. Justice's election suits always seem to side with liberal priorities.

At what point does the United States begin to prosecute voter fraud and implement measures designed to protect legitimate votes that are at least on par with a third-world country like Iraq? Purple-dyeing voters at their first exercise of the franchise means they cannot vote twice.

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