The Washington Post revealed on Thursday that senior political officials in the U.S. Justice Department overruled a team of Justice Department lawyers and analysts who recommended rejecting a Georgia voter-identification law because it was likely to discriminate against black voters. The state has since been prevented by federal courts from implementing the law.
Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way (PFAW), spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill marking the introduction of the “Count Every Vote Act” by Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).
PFAW’s sister organization, People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF), is a founding member of the Election Protection coalition, which deployed 25,000 poll monitors and voter assistance volunteers at polling sites throughout the nation during the November elections.
Neas released the following statement:
The myth that the 2004 elections ran smoothly has become conventional wisdom for pundits and politicians, but nothing could be further from the truth.
With just hours left before final voting in the 2004 election, it is clear that barriers to voting have arisen in recent months and days that could pose enormous risk for voter disenfranchisement, particularly among minority, immigrant and low-income Americans, according to a report released by three national voting rights organizations: People For the American Way Foundation, the NAACP, and t
We wish Chief Justice Rehnquist a full and speedy recovery and are pleased to hear that he is expected to return to work shortly.