One of the most sacred rights and responsibilities of American citizenship is voting. We are supposedly guaranteed that every person’s vote is worth as much as every other person’s vote. That guarantee has never been perfect. Blacks weren’t allowed to vote until the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870, and women were denied the vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. Still, the tradition of the U.S. has been to aspire toward honest elections.
But the Democrats have launched a full-frontal assault on voters’ rights in their effort to transform the nation into a one-party system. It is a bill called “HR1” — a designation reserved in every new Congress for the most important bill in their agenda — and this one threatens to crush that tradition.
Among other fair election-killing provisions, HR1, which was passed by the House and is moving to the Senate, federalizes elections, bans the use of voter IDs and the sharing of voter registration rolls to determine if someone is registered in more than one area, and forces states to permit presidential voting by mail.
But a poll released this week suggests the Dems are failing to abide by the will of the people, 75% of whom support voter ID laws. That includes a plurality of Democrats.
The poll, conducted by Rasmussen, reveals that support for voter ID crosses party lines, with 60% of Democrats, 89% of Republicans, and 77% of unaffiliated voters favoring some form of voter identification. Support is also high for conservatives (91%) and moderates (68%). But, surprisingly almost half of all self-described liberals (47%) support voter ID as well. Even blacks, who historically vote Democrat, support ID laws (69%).
The Democrats’ go-to argument — that such laws discriminate against minorities, who often lack a photo ID — is belied by a prevailing need for such IDs in daily life. A photo ID is needed to board an airplane, buy cigarettes, and enter many office buildings. A photo ID is even required to enter the Democratic National Convention.
The most compelling reason for requiring a voter ID is that it reduces the potential for voter fraud. As the poll notes:
After widespread use of mail-in ballots during last year’s election, 39% of voters said mail-in voting led to unprecedented voter fraud and 47% believed Democrats stole votes or destroyed pro-Trump ballots in several states to ensure that Biden would win.
The Democrats forever lecture the American people about disenfranchisement. Yet, they have no interest in quelling the concerns of a large plurality of Americans who feel disenfranchised by the rules they unilaterally imposed on the 2020 election and now seek to make law.
Cross-posted at The Lid