Cross-posted to Project Vote’s blog Voting Matters
Efforts by the Justice Department to suppress voting by minority Americans will be the subject of a hearing today by the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This subject has been explored at length by the media during the recent U.S. Attorney scandal that led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales . More recently, reporter Steven Rosenfeld has written an encyclopedic account of how the Bush administration’s Justice Department has been Turning Back the Clock on Voting Rights (.pdf) for the Winter 2008 edition of Social Policy magazine.
Project Vote and Demos has submitted written testimony in advance of the hearing detailing the Justice Department’s failure to enforce important provisions of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) that would increase the number of low-income Americans registered to vote.
Barnard College professor Lorraine Minnite, author of Project Vote’ report The Politics of Voter Fraud, is one of five witnesses scheduled to testify. Minnite’s written testimony is available by following this link.