April 12, 2006

"Official's Article on Voting Law Spurs Outcry"

The Washington Post offers this report, which begins: "When he was a senior lawyer in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Hans von Spakovsky played a central role in approving a controversial Georgia voter identification program over the objections of staff lawyers. But now, after leaving Justice for the Federal Election Commission, von Spakovsky has acknowledged writing a law review article that endorsed photo identification, which was Georgia's approach, before the state's proposal was even submitted to Justice for review. He also took the unusual step of using a pseudonym, 'Publius," in publishing the article, which appeared in the spring 2005 issue of the Texas Review of Law & Politics." The article further notes: "The article's appearance on the FEC Web site was first noted last month by Loyola University law professor Rick Hasen on his Web site, http://www.electionlawblog.org . Its sudden disappearance was reported earlier this week by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution."

You can find my March 29, 2006 post noting Publius's identity here. See also here for links to the ACLU letter and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

Posted by Rick Hasen at April 12, 2006 10:59 PM