John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation, weighs in on the US Justice Department's decision to challenge to North Carolina's recent voter laws. In his column he calls it a "political lawsuit" that seems more designed to help Democratic turnout in the 2014 midterm elections.
"What’s the Obama administration trying to do?'' Hood writes.
"No, I’m not speculating about the president’s strategies for implementing his health care law or besting Congressional Republicans in budget battles. Today’s topic is closer to home: the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to file a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina’s new election law violates the federal constitution and Voting Rights Act.
"You might think the plan is to get the federal judiciary to strike down North Carolina’s new voter-ID requirement and other election changes. I doubt that Holder and his legal team have such an unrealistic goal. They know, even if North Carolina liberals don’t, that the U.S. Supreme Court has recently upheld voter ID. Under the prevailing understanding of federal law, such requirements are not the equivalent of poll taxes and do not infringe on the right to vote.''
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