KINSTON, N.C. - Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.My head hurts just trying to follow that 'logic.'
The Justice Department’s ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their “candidates of choice” - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.
The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters’ right to elect the candidates they want.
Kinston is basically a one-party town: "no one among more than a half-dozen city officials and local residents was able to recall a Republican winning office here." So how is eliminating party affiliations going to violate black voters' rights?
Kinston voters, both black and white, overwhelmingly approved the change.
The measure appeared to have broad support among both white and black voters, as it won a majority in seven of the city’s nine black-majority voting precincts and both of its white-majority precincts.Even the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights questions the ruling.
“The Voting Rights Act is supposed to protect against situations when black voters are locked out because of racism,” said Abigail Thernstrom, a Republican appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “There is no entitlement to elect a candidate they prefer on the assumption that all black voters prefer Democratic candidates.”Tell that to Loretta King, the (unelected) DOJ official who made the ruling.
Ms. King is also the same DOJ
If I were black I'd be insulted that the obama administration thinks I am so stupid I need a great big (D) by a candidate's name to tell me who to vote for. But since I'm not black all I can do is offer my white perspective.
Blacks do not need the democrat party. The democrat party needs blacks.