Holder: Voter ID Laws Used To "Depress The Vote" For "Partisan Advantage"


ARI MELBER, MSNBC: When some Republicans say that voter identification is for election integrity and thus is different than the history of racial discrimination we have seen in this country, they may be of good faith but you think they are wrong.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: Yes. There are some, I think, who are coming from a good-faith perspective, but I think many are using it for partisan advantage. The reality is that all of the studies show that this whole question of ballot integrity, in-person voter fraud, simply does not exist to the extent that would warrant these kinds of measures. We had the commission that the president appointed just yesterday and they indicated this was not a significant -- not a significant problem. So I think this they have come up with a remedy in search of a problem and I think it is being used in too many instances to depress the vote of particular groups of people who are not supportive of the party that is advancing these photo I.D. measures.

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