Black Caucus Charges Voter ID Laws Aimed at Obama Supporters

Peter Kasperowicz, The Hill, January 23, 2012

The Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night took to the House floor to charge that voter ID laws popping up around the country are aimed at dissuading minority voters from voting, and making it harder for President Obama to win re-election.

“It is clear to me that whether racially based or not, this is a direct attempt, not only to undermine the election process, but a specific attempt to derail what surely would be and ought to be the re-election of Barack Obama,” Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI) said on the floor.


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) added that supporters of these laws have made the “misrepresentation” that there was fraud in the 2008 election, “maybe because we elected the first African American president.”

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) also drew a connection to these laws and Obama’s election, and said he’s not sure if the laws are being advanced due to “the color of the President” or because Obama “received record-breaking participation by the very same people that they’re making it difficult to vote.”

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  • Anonymous

    We as a nation should be deeply ashamed that someone as profoundly stupid as Sheila Jackson Lee serves in the highest lawmaking body in the land. Add her to the list – Cynthia McKinney, Maxine Waters, John Conyers, John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Ray Nagin, Coleman Young, Willie Brown, Andrew Young, Douglas Wilder, etc.

  • If the CBC members state that the only reason anyone wants laws to crack down on voter fraud is because the 2008 election resulted in a black President, are they implicitly admitting that the black President won because of voter fraud?

  • Anonymous

    The right to vote should be determined by competitive examination,fingerprints included.

  • Anonymous

    Well, if anyone was to engage in voter fraud, it would not surprise me that they are Obama supporters.

  • Anonymous

    The Congressional Black Choir….Is there not one member therein who feels a bit of shame standing up for, according to them, a group of people too lazy or stupid to somehow, over the next ten months, go and get one of the free ID cards states have no doubt spent millions of dollars providing?

  • There have been hundreds convicted of voter fraud in 2008. In mexico voters need ID to vote.

  • John Maddox

    The truth is that in any given black community there are several hundred blacks who won’t go to the DMV to get IDs or DLs because they have outstanding warrants. There are several hundred more who aren’t allowed to vote because they are felons.

    The most sinister intent  behind the voter ID debate is to allow illegals and non citizen aliens to vote. 

    Allowing all these people to vote would add several million voters to the roles. Assuring that Obama would be reelected.

    The black caucus and other civil rights orgs have a strong anti-white and anti American agenda.
    Fickle unthinking white voters could well tip the scales in the house back to the democrats in November. So no matter if Obama wins reelection or not I think the writing is on the wall. 

  • John Maddox

    Nor would they understand why Americans have not taken up arms to take back what was theirs in the first place. Frankly they would be embarrassed and flabbergasted at what the traditional European stock of America has become and how they have allowed
    noble documents like the Declaration and the Constitution to be perverted into meaningless drivel.

  • And what does it say about black leaders faith in their constituents level of personal responsibility when they cannot  get or even hold onto a state issued ID? They sure don’t seem to have a problem with getting the required documentation when it comes to government and charitable hand-outs.       

  • Perhaps Shelia Jackson would care to explain why it is that millions of blacks are running around this country without government issued identification.  It would seem to me that presenting government issued identification is a relatively simple request given the alternative. Even
    a black, with all their innate challenges should be able to do it.

    I suppose protecting the integrity of the political process is the last thing on Shelia’s list…