DOJ maintains double standards on Section 5 states - ignores non-compliance in New Hampshire for years

For years the state ignored the federal law — outside of redistricting plans — and did not submit election law changes for pre-approval, and the federal agency took no action against the state. All that changed in 2002 with passage of the “Help America Vote Act'' and the millions of dollars in federal money New Hampshire stood to lose if it did not comply with the 1965 law. The state began the process of submitting all the changes in its voting laws and began asking to be removed from pre-approval.

...Secretary of State Bill Gardner called the state's inclusion “an embarrassment” for the Justice Department, noting the state should never have been put in that position. “That's why they never enforced it,” he said.
  Link to the full story and this is a story.

It appears there are not just two standards of DOJ review on voting issues.  Now there are three standards - one for Section 5 states and another standard for non-Section 5 states.  The third standard is unequal treatment between Section 5 states.  This is evidence of another standard between Section 5 states where some are harassed and others where transgressions are ignored or even reviewed.  In this case, DOJ ignored and failed to enforce Section 5 on a northern state (New Hampshire) who repeatedly failed to comply with the requirements of the Voting Rights Act.  Do you think that DOJ would have just ignored Texas failing to submit changes for preclearance or would they have immediately sued?

Do you think DOJ has treated New Hampshire with the same level of review as the Southern Section 5 states, including Florida or North Carolina (who similarly have a small number of jurisdictions under Section 5).  Clearly not. 

 
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