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Wed May 15, 2013, 10:48 PM May 2013

Ashcroft or Holder? [View all]

Voter fraud is actually less likely to occur than lightning striking a person, according to data compiled by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. As Lorraine Minnite, a Columbia University professor, observed in the Project Vote report, The Politics of Voter Fraud, "The claim that voter fraud threatens the integrity of American elections is itself a fraud." In October 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft launched an intensive "Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative" that required all U.S. attorney offices to coordinate with local officials in combating voter fraud. Yet even after the Justice Department declared the war against voter fraud a "high priority," only 24 people were convicted of illegal voting in federal elections between 2002 and 2005 -- and nobody was even charged by Justice with impersonating another voter. (The Justice Department declined to answer questions about more recent fraud prosecutions.) And despite the anti-immigrant frenzy fueling photo-ID laws, only 14 noncitizens were convicted of illegally voting in federal elections from 2002 through 2005 -- mostly because of their ignorance of election law.


Holder Stands Up for the Right to Vote

Today’s excellent New York Times editorial rightfully praises Attorney General Eric Holder’s efforts this week to highlight the sanctity of the right to vote in America. In his speech from the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library in Austin, Texas, the attorney general said, “The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of our system of government — it is the lifeblood of our democracy. And no force has proved more powerful — or more integral to the success of the great American experiment — than efforts to expand the franchise.”

But this year, we’ve seen a coordinated effort to shrink our democracy and push voters out of the electorate as legislatures across the country have passed laws that will make it harder for Americans – particularly African-Americans, the elderly, students and people with disabilities – to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. The Department of Justice plays a critical role in fighting back against these voter suppression laws. The agency can challenge discriminatory voting laws and stop them from going into effect.

Take action and tell Attorney General Holder you agree with his efforts to protect the right to vote.


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Ashcroft or Holder? [View all] ProSense May 2013 OP
Only one response? ProSense May 2013 #1
Unbelievable, isn't it? BlueCaliDem May 2013 #3
Yup, it has ProSense May 2013 #6
It's really disappointing to read the posts attacking our AG. David Zephyr May 2013 #32
I agree. Thanks for saying it. David Zephyr May 2013 #31
thanks for Highlighting Holder's Cha May 2013 #2
Bingo. BlueCaliDem May 2013 #4
That, and women's rights, etc. Libertarian-style civil rights only. freshwest May 2013 #14
Well said. David Zephyr May 2013 #30
Hey, David.. Cha May 2013 #33
Away again. But... David Zephyr May 2013 #34
Nice that you agree.. Mahalo DZ Cha May 2013 #35
You are so damn fabulous, Cha. Number23 May 2013 #38
Right on, sistah Cha May 2013 #43
Holder and Ashcroft will both go down as the worst in history of the United States Harmony Blue May 2013 #5
You're in for ProSense May 2013 #7
Make that the three stooges then Harmony Blue May 2013 #11
Actually, ProSense May 2013 #16
that's what lazy people do.. they lump Cha May 2013 #36
More GOOD things about Eric Holder can be found on the links below Tx4obama May 2013 #8
Replying to add this to my Journal, keeping the facts there for the misinformed. freshwest May 2013 #15
Thanks Tx Cha May 2013 #37
I've liked Holder since the day when I watched his confirmation hearing... Tx4obama May 2013 #41
Oh wow.. thank you for the additional information, Tx~ Cha May 2013 #42
Below is a link to a post I posted regarding Vivian, it has a video Tx4obama May 2013 #44
Already posted on it .. now I'll Cha May 2013 #45
Holder has his faults and limitations.... Wounded Bear May 2013 #9
Makes one ProSense May 2013 #13
Asscraft LostOne4Ever May 2013 #10
Neither: Janet Reno Taverner May 2013 #12
You gotta be kidding. One word: WACO Tx4obama May 2013 #17
As a civil libertarian, Waco and Ruby Ridge were perfectly justified Taverner May 2013 #18
Ashcroft ProSense May 2013 #19
Oops! I guess that {civil} Libertarian didn't count on that bit of history. BlueCaliDem May 2013 #48
Let the eagle soar…… MrSlayer May 2013 #20
I guess you gotta stay up late... kmla May 2013 #46
Ed Meese olddots May 2013 #21
Sure, you laugh Warren DeMontague May 2013 #23
Ashcroft is the one that had paved the path for this nightmare against the Press! Lady Freedom Returns May 2013 #22
"What I Did During The Last Years Of The Obama Era." By Eric Holder. Safetykitten May 2013 #24
He did ProSense May 2013 #25
Would people rather have 220 million or the criminals on Wall Street prosecuted for what they did? Safetykitten May 2013 #27
We ProSense May 2013 #28
Thanks for doing all the Cha May 2013 #40
Excellent find, ProSense! BlueCaliDem May 2013 #47
Wow! sheshe2 May 2013 #49
I got no use for either one. AG is a spot for the corrupt, authoritarians, and corporate lackeys TheKentuckian May 2013 #26
He's a mix...Holdcroft or Crofthold. Safetykitten May 2013 #29
We haven't had a US AG worth a rat's ass since Bobby Kennedy. n/t bluedigger May 2013 #39
I agree wholeheartedly Art_from_Ark May 2013 #50
meh, fuck 'em both quinnox May 2013 #51
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