Justice Department Working To Shrink Voter Rolls

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In another case of the Department of Justice selectively enforcing laws comes a tale of disenfranchisement of voters. The Justice Department's Voting Section is pressuring ten states to purge "ineligible" voters from their rolls. At the same time, the same body refuses to compel the states to enforce new laws that require people applying for social services be given an opportunity to register to vote.

This seems to be a clear case of an agenda to disenfranchise the poor. The head of the Voting Section, John Tanner, is being shielded from testifying before congress for an array of past disenfranchising actions:

Tanner was involved in the uneven distribution of voting machines in OH that caused large disparities in wait times between Republican and Democratic polling stations.

Tanner was involved in the approval of a Georgia Voter ID Law over the objections of DOJ lawyers. The lawyers objected to the plan as it was likely to discriminate against black voters.

It has even been suggested that Tanner was involved in getting Tom DeLay's Texas Redistricting approved.

It seems, even as the administration watches the sand run out of their hour glass, they are busy plotting a Republican victory for 2008 through selective, discriminatory voting policy that they will oversee during the next election. This is, after all, what the U.S. Attorney firings were about: many of them refused to jump into the middle of an election at the first suggestion of voting irregularity. Expect U.S. attorneys riding into the '08 election on behalf of Republican candidates.

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