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Eric Holder: Voter ID Used to ‘Depress the Vote’ of People Who Don’t Support GOP

Speaking exclusively to MSNBC host Ari Melber, Attorney General Eric Holder sharply criticized state-level voter identification policies and said that he believes those policies are a “remedy in search of a problem.” He added that, while some may be arguing for voter ID in good faith, he believes that most are advocating for this policy in order to “depress the vote” of those who do not support the “party that is advancing” voter ID measures.

“I think many are using it for partisan advantage,” Holder said of voter ID.

“People have to understand that we are not opposed to photo identification in a vacuum,” he continued. “But when it is used in — certain ways to disenfranchise particular groups of people, whether by racial designation, ethnic origin, or for partisan reasons, that from my perspective is problematic.”

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He added that “all the studies” show that in-person voter fraud “simply does not exist” at a level that requires a legislative solution.

“I think it is being used in too many instances to depress the vote of particular groups of people who are not supported of the party that is advancing these photo ID measures,” Holder concluded.

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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