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Senator Jeff Sessions is not a racist. If you listen to only certain Senate Democrats and others on the left, that’s exactly what they want you to think and why they are objecting to his nomination as our next Attorney General. But ironically, these Senators and their allies are labeling Senator Sessions as a racist for actually fighting for the voting rights of African Americans.
The allegations of racism stem from a 1985 voter fraud prosecution that then-U.S. Attorney Sessions brought at the behest of African Americans who feared other African Americans’ votes were being stolen to elect one set of African-American candidates over another. Several African Americans, including Albert Turner who was an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were the defendants.
Dispute - Facts - Case - Albert - Turner
There wasn’t much dispute on the facts of the case: Albert Turner forged, voted for, requested and/or redelivered absentee ballots for almost 500 voters – almost entirely African Americans –against his African-American political opponents. There are two interpretations of what happened here: was the conduct proxy voting or voter assistance?
According Lani Guinier, one of the defense lawyers, this case was about proxy voting. Yet when Guinier describes proxy voting in her 1998 book, she is really describing voter assistance — and voter assistance is legal. For example, it is not proxy voting if a voter is blind or illiterate and has someone read and mark the ballot for the voter, as long as the voter indicates for whom to vote. That’s voter assistance. Further, it is not proxy voting to have no knowledge of the candidates and bring a voter guide to refer to while voting (although Turner and his committee made the “strategic decision” not to, instead opting for more “direct” methods). Voter assistance is legal and encouraged to ensure that no one is disenfranchised through a...
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