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The House Judiciary Committee is now conducting a live hearing on the DOJ's Civil Rights Division's Voting Section.  

The Voting Section has much been in the news lately, with allegations about interference in the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio which disenfranchised minority voters, disenfranchisement of minority voters in Georgia with ID requirements, internal discrimination against African-American employees and John Tanner's (the section head) belief that African-Americans die early.

What a circus.

Here's the witness list:

John K. Tanner
Chief
Voting Right Section
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division  

Toby Moore
Former Geographer/Social Science
analyst, CRT Voting Section  

Laughlin McDonald
Director
ACLU Voting Rights Project
ACLU Southern Regional Office  

Robert N. Driscoll
Alston and Bird  

Julie Fernandes
Senior Policy Analyst & Special Counsel
Leadership Conference for Civil Rights

The live hearing can be heard with RealPlayer through the Judiciary Committee's website.  C-SPAN is also steaming it on C-SPAN 3.

There has been a ton of inside commentary on Tanner recently in the comments sections of TPMMUCKRAKER's various stories.  Many are worth a read.

**UPDATE**

Diary #2 begins here.

Originally posted to citizen92 on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 07:28 AM PDT.

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