by Jeremy Leaming
Holder is expected to deliver a speech today in Texas at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library. LBJ signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In a draft of the speech obtained by The Times, Holder urges Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success by appealing to more voters.”
Some of the regulations, end early voting, others require state issued IDs, many excluding student IDs. A Dec. 5 report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the NAACP says many of the new state restrictions are aimed at suppressing votes of African Americans. The organizations’ report also noted, what many other voting rights experts often do, the impetus for these new stringent regulations – of rampant voter fraud – is seriously overstated.
Recently, the Brennan Center for Justice issued a report examining the restrictive voting laws, concluding that as many as 5 million Americans could be shut out of participating in the 2012 elections. The report also noted that many of those affected would be minority, low-income and young voters.
In an interview with The Post about his planned speech, Holder said, “We are a better nation now than we were because more people are involved in the electoral process. The beauty of this nation, is its diversity, and when we try to exclude people from being involved in the process … we weaken the fabric of this country.”
A recent ACS symposium explored the new state restrictions on voting.