As I keep repeating (and I have in many, many posts), the people suffering the worst consequences of the Voter I.D. laws are most often low income voters, the elderly, the ill who can’t leave home, young voters, minorities, and of course, anyone without transportation (or to put it another way, lean Democratic). And to those who say, “Well, there are always absentee ballots,” some states are now requiring Voter I.D. to qualify for those, too.
Voter fraud is rarer than getting struck by lightning. If Republicans are so concerned about it, despite evidence to the contrary, then how about providing identification at no expense, physical or monetary?
Yeah, that'll happen.
They keep trying to convince us that voter fraud is a real threat and use their "small government" to continue to force I.D. laws on everyone, even those with no access, despite the potential for disenfranchisement. Did I say “potential”? My bad:
(Reuters) - New state laws designed to fight voter fraud could reduce the number of Americans signing up to vote in this year's presidential election by hundreds of thousands, a potential problem for President Barack Obama's re-election bid.
And that is exactly the outcome that the GOP-dominated legislatures wanted.
To those of you out there who have accused liberals of concocting fear campaigns about voter suppression, the kind I mentioned in my opening paragraph, Reuters news service begs to differ:
Voting laws passed by Republican-led legislatures in a dozen states during the past year have sharply restricted voter-registration drives that typically target young, low-income, African-American and Hispanic voters - groups that have backed the Democratic president by wide margins.
I hate to say I told you so, but... No, seriously, I REALLY hate to say I told you so.
Although President Obama seems to be polling well in swing states, as I say nearly every time I write about these polls, the new Voter I.D. laws may very well cut into those leads. Plus, we still have to be very concerned about GOP super PAC money/sugar daddies, Obama hatred. and, of course, voter suppression:
The new laws - many of which include measures requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls - could carve into Obama's potential support in Florida, Ohio and a few other politically divided states likely to be crucial in the November 6 election, analysts say.
Sigh. Told you so.
Reuters has more here.