Whitehouse introduces legislation outlawing ‘caging.’

Today Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Caging Prohibition Act, a bill which would outlaw a “long-recognized voter suppression tactic which has often been used to target minority voters”:

The Caging Prohibition Act would prohibit challenges to a person’s eligibility to register to vote, or cast a vote, based solely on returned mail or a caging list. The bill would also mandate that anyone who challenges the right of another citizen to vote must set forth the specific grounds for their alleged ineligibility, under penalty of perjury.

In June, Whitehouse requested a DoJ investigation into Tim Griffin, the former Karl Rove protege who was placed as a U.S. attorney in Arkansas, on allegations that he led a “caging” scheme to suppress the votes of African-American servicemembers in Florida.