A Georgia legal requirement for accurate personal details on voter registration forms has been attacked as “racist” by far left activist groups, which claim that it “disproportionately affects tens of thousands of minorities” in the state.
The verification process—which simply demands that a voter confirm their identity by matching up to already existing records—was cleared by the U.S. Justice Department in 2010 and has been a requirement since 2013.
However, the demand for accuracy in the basic details—such as for name, address, age, date of birth, driver’s license number, or last four digits of the Social Security number to exactly match existing records, appears to be too much for many nonwhites in the state, which is predicted to switch to majority nonwhite status within the next nine years.
According to a lawsuit filed this past week in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by the “Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee),” “Project Vote,” “Campaign Legal Center,” the “Voting Rights Institute of the Georgetown University School of Law,” the New York City office of Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP and the Atlanta-based firm of Caplan Cobb LLP, the accuracy requirement has seen more than 42,000 nonwhites fail in their attempt to register to vote.
The lawyers say that this “process is resulting in the cancellation of applications submitted by African American, Latino, and Asian American applicants at rates significantly higher than White applicants.
“For example, of the approximately 34,874 voter registration applicants whose applications were cancelled between July 2013 and July 15, 2016, with a status reason of ‘Not Verified,’ approximately 22,189 (63.6 percent) identified as Black, 2,752 (7.9 percent) identified as Latino, 1,665 (4.8 percent) identified as Asian-American, and 4,748 (13.6 percent) identified as White.”
This is, they claim, evidence that the system is somehow “racist” or biased against nonwhites—even though the exact same standards are applied irrespective of race.
Instead of facing up to the truth—that the nonwhites are more likely than whites to have incorrect or no data on file—the leftist lawyers claim that they are being “discriminated” against because even errors made by civil servants can be used to halt their applications.
The leftist lawyers claim that if “even a single letter or number, or a hyphen, space or apostrophe, does not exactly match the database information,” then the application will be rejected.
“There’s a big problem here with the fundamental right to vote being dependent on the accuracy of data-entry by a government agency,” said Michelle Kanter-Cohen, a lawyer with Project Vote, which is helping to bring the case.
Kanter-Cohen and her fellow leftist lawyers fail—of course—to acknowledge that if such clerical errors do exist to that extent, they will affect all groups equally, and not just nonwhites.
As a result, Candice Broce, a spokesman for the Georgia secretary of state, dismissed the lawsuit as an “effort by liberal groups to disrupt voter registration just weeks before November’s election.”
Any applicant refused registration is notified in writing and given 40 days to correct the problem, so there is in reality no real reason for anyone to have their applications rejected—apart from false or fake data being the cause.
The real reason for the leftist hysteria is that over 86 percent of those whose applications weren’t processed were nonwhite, even though whites have made up nearly half of those who have sought to register during that period.
This is particularly pertinent given the U.S. presidential election campaign and the importance of Georgia’s Electoral College votes in helping to determine the presidency. Currently, polls show Donald Trump clinging to an extremely narrow lead over Hillary Clinton in Georgia—with the Democrat’s vote boosted by the fact that almost all nonwhites have indicated that they will vote for her.
Georgia has seen a massive influx of blacks from other parts of the U.S., and record numbers of Hispanic and Asian “immigrants”—so many that all official figures say that the state will be majority nonwhite by 2025.
As NBC News pointed out, this “demographic change threatens to upend Georgia’s political balance.”