DOJ's "Culture of Prejudice" Against Voter ID
The Justice Department will soon be reviewing the
Mississippi voter ID law, as Governor Phil Bryant has said
he will sign the bill passed by the legislature to implement a state
constitutional voter ID amendment approved by 62% of voters. Disturbing comments by a DOJ employee suggest the
DOJ will not give it a fair hearing.
An analyst at the DOJ, Stephanie Gyamfim, wrote
that Mississippi should change its motto to “disgusting and shameful.” Mississippi
Representatives Alan Nunnelee, Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo sent a letter
to the DOJ questioning whether Mississippi would receive a fair review of voter
ID. They wrote, “It is clear tht Ms.
Gyamfi lacks the objectivity to review matters as they relate to the state of
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said,
“there’s a culture of prejudice there in the Justice Department against
Southern states and against Mississippi.”
The DOJ is pressured from groups who
want the federal government to block state voter ID laws. The attorney general has already pledged “aggressive”
It’s no surprise the Mississippi legislature has supplied funds
in the budget for the attorney general to conduct the voter ID litigation to
get the law in place.