DOJ Abuse of Power of the Week: Kinston, NC

Published On: August 31st, 2021

Radical Bureaucrats Rejected Election Change Under Racist Reasoning that Without Democrat on the Ballot African Americans Would Not Know Who to Vote For.

(Alexandria, VA) – August 31, 2021: Last weekthe U.S. House passed H.R. 4 or The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, a bill that would put bureaucrats at the DOJ in total control of our elections. Under this bill, the DOJ would have to approve every single change made to elections.

The DOJ previously held this power under Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act. This preclearance power was abused and even resulted in sanctions before the Supreme Court ruled Section 5 was unconstitutional. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is launching a new series, DOJ Abuse of Power of the Week that will delve into specific instances of when this power was improperly used.

The first DOJ Abuse of Power of the Week focuses on an objection in Kinston, NC. In 2009, the majority black town of Kinston, North Carolina voted to get rid of partisan elections—meaning no party affiliation would appear on ballots, just the candidates’ names.

The DOJ rejected this change. The DOJ’s rejection letter reads, “that the elimination of party affiliation on the ballot will likely reduce the ability of blacks to elect candidates of choice.” DOJ officials are claiming that if there was no “D” on the ballot, African Americans would not be able to win.

“DOJ abused power under Section 5, assuming black voters couldn’t win without being told who the Democrats were.” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “The Department of Justice rejected this change because in their minds African Americans are uneducated voters who only vote based on party affiliation. In the attack on North Carolina Voter ID, the Justice Department hired an expert to testify black voters were ‘less sophisticated.’

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.


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