Karma can be a bitch, especially if you're a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas. Especially if you support Voter ID laws that suppress mostly Democratic votes. Especially if those same Voter ID laws end up humiliating you because you failed to present an ID just as you're about to vote for yourself for governor.
Karma bit pro-Voter ID candidate Asa Hutchinson in the ass when he arrived at the polls and was turned away.
Asa Hutchinson, who won the Republican nomination in the race for Arkansas governor Tuesday, forgot his ID when he went to the polls, despite backing the state’s new voter ID law, according to the Associated Press.
Christian Olson, a spokesman for the Republican candidate, told the AP that Hutchinson believed the situation was a “little bit of an inconvenience” and that a staffer retrieved his ID so he could cast a ballot. Olson said the former congressman still believes voters should be required to show an ID.
His campaign refused to comment, but that doesn't mean we can't. How many voters out there can send their (non-existent) staffers to fetch their IDs for them under the same circumstances?
Come to think of it, how many voters are unable to afford the cost of an ID or can find transportation to the nearest agency that provides them?
How many voters are being denied a chance to participate in elections because of Republican laws intended to prevent them from using the only power they have left: their voices?
The voter ID measure could make it harder for minorities, students, and people from low-income communities to cast ballots.
Or as I like to call them, Democrats.
Here's one for you: How much of that evil, threatening-to-upend-our-elections voter fraud is actually taking place? Think Progress:
[S]uch fraud is virtually non-existent. Indeed, Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz recently completed a two-year investigation into voter fraud within his state. He was unable to find a single case where one voter impersonated another at the polls — meaning that his own investigation discovered zero cases where a voter ID law would have prevented a fraudulent vote from being cast.
Yet Asa Hutchinson had to tap his foot and look at his watch while waiting for his flunky to deliver his ID to him so that he could vote. Because, karma.