On Wednesday at their weekly meeting, members of the Congressional Black Caucus will meet with Attorney General Eric Holder.
There’s lots to talk about. Many members of the CBC have expressed concern over issues regarding new voter ID laws and the redistricting process.
Regarding voter requirements in Florida, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) is emphatic.
“We have put in the worst kind of suppression laws I have seen. It is really a step back and I don’t know how you do that after the coup d’etat we had in Florida where 27,000 votes were stolen in my district. We can not forget the history of Florida,” Brown said referring to the 2000 Presidential election.
“We need the Justice Department to step up to the plate,” she added. Brown hinted at several meetings in the past where the discussions were ongoing.
“Clearly I think it’s important to discuss the wave of voter ID laws across the nation… this is clearly a process to undermine the voting of minorities,” noted Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a member of the House Judiciary Committee when opining on the Holder meeting.
A report entitled “Voter Law Changes in 2012” by New York University’s Law School Brennan Center for Justice indicated that the new voter requirement laws could effect up to 5 million voters. The report was released October 3.
Members understand the Attorney General cannot strategize politically with them – but they are hopeful the meeting will be an opportunity to inform Holder of problems they have encountered in their districts.
“If the Justice Department decides to intervene — they can’t really collude with politicians — but I do think we’re able to provide a number of the facts on the ground to the Attorney General to take under consideration,” Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.). The new voter ID law in Wisconsin requires student IDs to have an expiration date on them. “Not a single University in the entire state has an ID that meets those requirements,” Rep. Moore pointed out.
The CBC has met with several senior Obama Administration officials this year including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, White House Chief of Staff Richard Daley and U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk.