September 25, 2020

Majority of Blacks Surveyed Support Voter ID Laws

Civil Rights Scaremongering Against Polling Place Protections Rings Hollow With Many Blacks

Black Activists Say Identity Verification Only Way to Preserve Ballot Integrity, Ensure Every Vote Counts

St. Louis/Washington, DC – A new poll shows that a majority of black Americans support voter ID laws despite a full-court press by the Obama Administration and its supporters in and out of government to label such polling place protections as a danger to civil rights. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network note this very basic safeguard ensures the integrity of the democratic process and provides Americans of all races, genders and creeds with an assurance their vote will count.

“It should come as no surprise that a majority of blacks support voter ID,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former professor of constitutional law and former leadership staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. “Voter ID is a popular and commonsense tool, popular with all Americans that ensures that real bona fide Americans are casting the votes to determine who our elected officials will be and what policies they will promote.”

The poll of 1,025 registered voters, conducted for the Fox News Channel by the bipartisan polling team of Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research between May 10 and 13, found wide black support for President Barack Obama (86 percent) while a majority of 51 percent of those blacks surveyed also supported the state-level voter ID laws Obama claims are an attack on blacks by “people trying to deny our rights by making voting harder.” On other issues, surveyed blacks overwhelmingly sided with Obama on his controversial handling of the economy (89 percent) and ObamaCare (83 percent), making this break with him on the issue of voter ID all the more noteworthy.

“This poll shows there may be strong black support for Obama as a politician, but not necessarily as a policymaker. And a prime example are voter ID laws,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Cherylyn Harley LeBon, a former senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. “Although the Obama Administration, its legislative and judicial supporters, the media and left-wing activists continue to oppose voter ID laws and claim they marginalize minorities, the black community is still quite supportive of efforts to protect polling place. After relentless warnings they could be denied the right to vote, a majority of black Americans in this particular poll still recognize the need to protect legal voters against identity theft.”

Voter ID found majority support in this poll among every individual demographic that was surveyed, which included political affiliation, gender, race (black and white) and educational attainment. Overall, 70 percent of those surveyed supported “state laws that require voters to show a valid form of state- or federally-issued photo identification to prove U.S. citizenship before being allowed to vote,” while only 27 percent opposed them.

“Requiring identification to prove who you are at the polls just makes good sense,” said Project 21’s Christopher Arps, based in Missouri and the founder of the black conservative social network Move-on-up.org. “Voter ID laws protect the overall integrity of our electoral process and safeguard every citizen’s right to cast a ballot in his or her own name.”

“A majority of black Americans in this poll found nothing inherently racist about showing an ID to vote. It discredits the progressive talking point that black Americans uniformly see voter laws as racist and an attempt at voter suppression,” said Project 21’s Kevin Martin, a small business owner and U.S. Navy veteran. “It also shows that progressives who claim to represent the black community are not listening to us on this issue. Perhaps it is because they only seek to use our community to further their own agenda.”

Project 21’s Cooper added: “It is critical to the notion of self-government that only lawfully registered voters participate in elections, and that is why over seven of 10 Americans support it. While Attorney General Eric Holder tries to convince the media that voter ID is somehow anti-black, even blacks disagree. The truth is that voter ID gives all Americans — black, white, yellow and brown — the confidence that their vote matters and it will count.”

In 2013, Project 21 filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on the merits of the case of Shelby County v. Holder, whose decision last June struck down the “preclearance” formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that prohibited certain states and localities from enacting voting standards without prior federal approval. This decision validated state voter ID laws. Previously, Project 21 joined another legal brief written by the Pacific Legal Foundation and joined by the Center for Equal Opportunity that urged the Court to take up the Shelby County case.

Members of Project 21, the only conservative group on hand for interviews at the Court on the day the Shelby County case was argued, were interviewed and cited with regard to the Shelby County case over 100 times in 2013 alone — including by Reuters, the Westwood One radio network, HBO’s “Real Time,” CBS Radio, Voice of America, the Chicago Tribune, Blaze TV, the Washington Examiner and in Cal Thomas’s widely-syndicated opinion column. Project 21 members also defended voter ID laws at the United Nations in 2012. In 2014, members of Project 21 were interviewed or cited in the media over 700 times.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated .

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DOJ Lawsuit Against North Carolina on Voter ID Condemned

Black Conservatives Condemn Obama Administration Lawsuit to Allow Election Day Abuses

North Carolina Assault an Affront to Supreme Court, Safe Balloting

Washington, DC – In a clear attempt to reclaim and expand their perceived authority to prevent the enactment of election protections, the Obama Administration filed a lawsuit today that challenges new North Carolina ballot safeguards. Coming in the immediate wake of much-needed reform to the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court, members of the Project 21 black leadership network decry this effort by Barack Obama and Eric Holder to turn back the clock on necessary protections enacted by states to ensure the integrity of Americans’ ballots.

“For Attorney General Holder to sue North Carolina for trying to make sure the state has fair and honest elections is insane,” said Project 21’s Council Nedd II, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church. “It seems apparent that Holder must think his department has run out of meaningful and substantive issues to address. Really? After all, President Obama — Holder’s boss — routinely usurps congressional authority in the implementation of ObamaCare. Prosecute that before prosecuting a good government measure such as voter ID.”

In Holder’s lawsuit, filed on Monday, September 30, the Obama Administration seeks to invalidate a new law signed into law in North Carolina in August that will require prospective voters to present valid government ID at their assigned polling place in order to obtain a ballot. Holder, in announcing the White House’s executive challenge to the democratically-enacted state law, claimed such safeguards would “disproportionately exclude minority voters.” The law, however, will not be enforced until the 2016 elections.

“The progressive talking point that voter ID laws disfranchise minority voters has proven to be false on several occasions, and successful implementation of ballot protections in states across the country have proven just the opposite,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Cherylyn Harley LeBon, a former senior counsel at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. “Specifically, when the state of Georgia enacted its voter ID law, increased black voter turnout was recorded. Other states which have recently enacted voter ID laws such as Oklahoma experienced smooth transitions at voting booths without the disenfranchisement routinely argued by liberal special interest groups.”

It is unclear if Holder’s case will pass the test of judicial scrutiny. In bringing the Voting Rights Act into the 21st century, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder now requires federal authorities to prove in court that minorities are affected by a law rather than the federal government having sweeping, unregulated authority to selectively designate and demonize laws it does not like. Under the Act’s now-defunct “preclearance” formula (which the Court asked Congress to redefine), all of part of 16 states were afforded no recourse until the Shelby County decision almost 50 years later reformed this overzealous enforcement regime.

This newest Justice Department move, in fact, seeks to not only impose the same preclearance standards on North Carolina as before, but to further impose the standards on the entire state rather then just 40 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

“Once again, Attorney General Eric Holder is going out on a limb,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former constitutional law professor and former leadership aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. “It is easy to claim to his supporters and the media that North Carolina’s voting reforms are anti-black, but — in court — he’ll have to prove that. Yet another court loss appears to be headed to the Justice Department. As the head of the nation’s law enforcement arm, he should know better.”

Project 21 filed its own amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on the merits of the Shelby County v. Holder case. Previously, Project 21 joined another legal brief that was written by the Pacific Legal Foundation and also joined by the Center for Equal Opportunity that urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

Members of Project 21, the only conservative group on hand for interviews at the Court on the day the case was argued, have been interviewed and cited with regard to the Shelby case over 100 times so far in 2013 alone — including by Reuters, the Westwood One radio network, HBO’s “Real Time,” CBS Radio, Voice of America, the Chicago Tribune, Blaze TV, the Washington Examiner and in Cal Thomas’s widely-syndicated opinion column.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated .

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