A former Department of Justice (DOJ) testified that many members of the DOJ that the violations of the Voting Rights Act should only be pursued when minorities as harassed, but not white voters. The official was quoted as saying that a large number of DOJ members believe, incorrectly, that the Votings Rights Act “should not be extended to white voters but should be limited to protecting racial, ethnic and language minorities . . ."
The Voting Rights Act prohibits voter qualification or establishing any procedure or policy that limits an individuals right and ability to vote. Here, the official was testifying in regards to alleged voter misconduct by the Black Panther Party.
Government Accused in Voting Case | The New York Times