By Darryl Fears
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 22, 2008; A02
Democratic critics say Hans A. von Spakovsky is an odd fit for his new job at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official who pushed for the approval of a Georgia voter identification law that critics claimed made it difficult for poor people and the elderly to vote, was hired in July as a special assistant for the commission.
The commission's vice chair, Abigail Thernstrom, said von Spakovsky is needed to help reduce the panel's mounting workload, brought on by congressional budget cuts and staff layoffs. Commissioner Todd F. Gaziano recommended von Spakovsky for top government pay, equal to $124,000 a year.