“Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election.” And the U.S. Department of Justice is helping them.
In their lawsuit against the Election Assistance Commission, members of “the institutional Left — including the League of Women Voters, People for the American Way, Common Cause, Project Vote, and Chicanos for La Causa —” are continuing a pattern of both objecting to any efforts to make elections more secure and working to centralize power over elections in the federal government.
Under Article I, Section 2 and the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, states have the power to set the “Qualification requisite for electors.” As with many issues, the Left disdains the balance the Framers adopted in the Constitution and objects to this delegation of power to the states. They prefer to see power over elector eligibility centralized in Washington, D.C.
To that end, they are suing the EAC over adding state-specific instructions to the federal voter registration form for states that require proof of citizenship. But Hans von Spakovsky spells out the bigger issue here: the hyper-partisan Justice Department’s conflict of interest.
Allowing lawyers for the highly partisan Voting Section to write agency policy obliterates all semblance of independence and bipartisan balance.
The Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division has become one of the most controversial and ideological components in the entire U.S. government… If these allegations are true (and based on the history of the Voting Rights Section during this administration, they may well be), then the Eric Holder–run Justice Department was actively engaged in blocking an independent bipartisan federal agency from allowing a state to verify that only citizens are registering to vote.
Now that same justice Department is tasked with defending the EAC in court for supporting a policy that Justice actively worked to block. The first hearing is set for today, February 22.