The U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on a federal lawsuit Monday aimed at stopping three states from requiring proof of citizenship on new voter registration forms.
Brian Newby, the new executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, recently signed off on the proof-of-citizenship requests from Alabama, Georgia and Kansas.
The League of Women Voters filed a federal lawsuit challenging the federal official's decision, arguing, in part, that the proof-of-citizenship requirements run afoul the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
On Monday, the DOJ stated its support of a preliminary injunction in the case.
"The United States concedes that, because the challenged actions were not made on the basis of the NVRA's 'necessity' criterion, defendants cannot succeed on the merits," the DOJ's court filing reads. "Because the government consents to entry of a preliminary injunction, the Court need not weigh all of the other injunction factors."
A hearing on the requested injunction is expected to be held by a federal judge Monday afternoon.
Americans for Limited Government, which describes itself as a "non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties," is upset by the DOJ's decision in support of a preliminary injunction. Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, issued the following statement:
Americans expect that only those eligible to exercise the right to vote will be participating in our 2016 national elections, yet the Obama Administration's lackeys at Attorney General Loretta Lynch's Justice Department are doing everything in their power to allow their new illegal alien power base to vote.
The latest outrage is today's Justice Department decision to not only deny the independent, non-partisan U.S. Election Assistance Commission the ability to legally defend themselves in federal court against a League of Women Voters lawsuit disputing their finding that Alabama, Kansas and Georgia's state voter identification laws complied with federal law, but to actually support the plaintiff claims to the contrary.
As Democrats whine that Senate Republicans are being unfair by unambiguously exercising their Constitutional right to not allow Obama to flip the Supreme Court in the last eleven months of his term, Lynch dutifully seeks to put her finger on the scales to taint the 2016 election process to pick Obama's successor.
Congress needs to provide immediate, directed funds to the Election Advisory Commission to defend their ruling. Moving federal funding from Lynch's Civil Rights Division, an agency that sees itself as an adjunct of the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, and into the Election Advisory Commission as part of any bill that is passed to provide relief to Puerto Rico, would be an important step in re-establishing both Congress' Article One authority and the rule of law within Loretta Lynch's Justice Department.