Congressman Smith Asks Eric Holder to Drop Challenge to South Carolina's Voter ID Law
Tax dollars are not meant for the Administration's partisan projects
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith is questioning Attorney General Eric Holder's challenge to South Carolina's voter ID law.
"Taxpayer dollars are not meant to be spent on partisan projects by the Administration," Smith said in a letter dated 9/24 and co-signed by two committee colleagues. "It is troubling that scarce funds are likely being wasted opposing common sense legislation that was cleared by the Department’s own nonpartisan experts."
Read the entire letter here.
South Carolina enacted a law in 2011 preventing voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls. As South Carolina is covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, approval from the Justice Department was required. Yet, while DOJ staff reportedly reviewed the state's statute and recommended that it be approved, senior Obama administration officials moved to block implementation of the law.
Oral arguments in the case challenging the DOJ’s decision took place before a panel of judges in Washington, D.C, on 9/24.