It was the night before Christmas Eve, 2011 when the Obama administration's Justice Department used a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to invalidate South Carolina's voter ID law. Never mind that Georgia and Indiana had a similar law affirmed by the Supreme Court of the US. The bottom line in both states' federal trials was that none of the plaintiffs could demonstrate any hardship in getting a state-issued ID card. All the Plaintiffs could do was cite computer projections and academic studies that pointed to hundreds of thousands of people who would be too stupid or too disabled to go get a free state ID card. In both cases, the courts said "enough with the studies! Show me ONE real live person who would be denied the vote." Crickets. Even the reliable liberal Justice John Paul Stevens had to side against his activists allies on the court for this one because nobody could find any of the theoretical voters who would be shut out of the voting process for lack of an ID card.
South Carolina will have to use the courts to override Holder's (mal)administration, but should succeed easily, given the past SCOTUS rulings. Here is a link to a representative article that describes the Christmas Eve announcement: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/justice-dept-rejects-south-carolina-voter-id-law-calling-it-discriminatory/2011/12/23/gIQAhLJAEP_story.html
Here is a link to a story that explains the SCOTUS ruling in support of Indiana's very tough voter ID laws: http://www.mercurynews.com/politics/ci_9083316
A great pull quote from the above story is this: The law "is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting 'the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,"' Justice John Paul Stevens said in an opinion that was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy.
Despite that wickedness run amok, please take the time to reflect on the meaning of the season and renew your spirit during this Christmas season. After all, truth is on our side. Requiring honest is good public policy.