Whitehouse Joins Senate Dems to Push Voter Registration

This year’s elections provide an excellent opportunity to improve voter registration. To that end, Senator Whitehouse is working with other Democrats in the senate to “ensure all eligible Americans have the opportunity to register to vote.”

Washington, D.C. – With November’s elections drawing closer, several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed concern today that the Department of Justice has failed to enforce a landmark law designed to help Americans register to vote.

In a letter to Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) noted that DOJ has vigorously enforced statutes that remove voters from the rolls, while refusing to enforce those that aim to expand voter registration. The senators asked Mukasey to specify how DOJ plans to step up enforcement of statutes meant to facilitate registration before the voter registration deadlines for the fall elections.

You may remember Whitehouse’s tough questioning of Mukasey over the definitions of torture and waterboarding. He also made an impassioned speech in opposition to Mukasey’s appointment.