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FBI Joins Probe of Racist Graffiti at Church, Election Polling Location

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has joined an investigation into racist graffiti spray-painted on a suburban Detroit church that also was serving as an Election Day poling place, the Associated Press reports.

Bishop-Elect James Richard Evans Sr. said he believes the graffiti, which included an anti-black slur, was intended to intimidate voters.

Racial problems are nothing new in Mt. Clemens, where many African Americans are moving to escape high crime in Detroit.

The AP wrote that FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Eberle spoke about racial equality to an audience of about 100 at the church.

Justice Department Sues Georgia Over Voting Violation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department filed suit against Georgia and its chief election official to ensure that residents who are in the military overseas can vote in the state’s Aug. 21 federal primary election, the federal government announced today.

The suit was filed because Georgia wasn’t planning to send absentee ballots to service members within the required 45 day before an election, the Justice Department said in a press release.

“Our uniformed service members and overseas citizens deserve a full opportunity to participate in all elections of our nation’s leaders including runoff elections for federal office in states where they are held” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a press release.

To meet the deadline, Georgia officials must send the ballots before July 7.

Federal Judge Delivers Victory to Florida Gov. Scott in Voting Purge Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Florida’s controversial plan to purge ineligible voters from the rolls does not violate federal law, a judge said Wednesday in denying a U.S. Department of Justice request for an emergency restraining order, the New York Times reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jinkle said federal laws do not prevent states from removing ineligible voters from its rolls.

The judge also criticized the state and federal governments for failing to come together in search of a solution.

Federal officials claim Florida’s purging plan is likely to remove eligible voters from the rolls.

Florida started the effort after identifying about 182,000 names of potential noncitizens.

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Justice Department Threatens to Sue Florida Over Voting Rights

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 

The Justice Department said it will sue Florida if it doesn’t scrap its controversial voter purge program, which critics says unfairly targets minorities based on largely inaccurate information, CNN reports.

At issue is a Republican-led effort to eliminate non-eligible voters in a battleground state that will play a key role in the 2012 presidential election.

The state said it identified more than 100,000 non-eligible voters who could be on the list illegally, according to CNN.

Although states have the legal authority to remove non-eligible voters, the Justice Department argues the program violates legal standards designed to avoid mistakes.

CNN reports:

While the Justice Department notes that states can legally remove non-eligible voters from their lists, the letter Monday argues that the Florida program does not comply with legal standards, has “critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters.”

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties voluntarily ended the removal of names from voting lists on the recommendation of Florida county election officials, CNN reported.

Video Shows Man Easily Getting Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s Voting Ballot

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr./doj file photo

By Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

A just-released video may add fuel to the ongoing controversy over requiring photo IDs to vote.

The conservative  site Breitbart News reports  that James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released a video trying to prove a point about the need to have photo IDs to vote.

The video shows someone walking into Attorney General Eric Holder’s voting precinct in Upper Northwest Washington without a photo ID and getting Holder’s voting ballot.

Atty. Gen. Holder Faces Intense Heat; No Plans to Resign

 

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times

AUSTIN, Tex. — For nearly three years, Republicans have attacked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on national security and civil rights issues. For months, they have criticized him over a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry, with dozens of leaders calling for his resignation. Last week, more than 75 members of Congress co-sponsored a House resolution expressing “no confidence” in his leadership.

The intensifying heat on Mr. Holder comes as the Justice Department is stepping into some of the most politically divisive social issues of the day, including accusing an Arizona sheriff known for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants of racial profiling, scrutinizing new restrictions on voting in search of signs that they could lower turnout among minorities and telling judges that a law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

As Mr. Holder’s third year as attorney general draws to a close, no member of President Obama’s cabinet has drawn more partisan criticism. In an interview last week, Mr. Holder said he had no intention of resigning before the administration’s term was up, although he said he had made no decision about whether he would continue after 2012 should the president win re-election.

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