In a preview of what they will do if America is unwise enough to hand them full control of Washington, House Democrats passed a bill on Friday that would mostly eradicate state voter ID laws. The bill, called the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, would – if signed into law – put back into effect the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. By monkeying with the preclearance formula, Democrats want to make it nationally illegal to require a voter to show ID at the polls.
Democrats have claimed, without evidence, that voter ID laws make it more difficult for minorities and the elderly to vote. They say that there is not enough proof that voter fraud is a widespread problem to justify putting additional barriers between citizens and their vote. Their critics note that eliminating these laws could turn what is now a localized threat into a widespread, national problem.
“Action is urgently needed to combat the brazen voter suppression campaign that is spreading across America,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “We must, we must restore the strength of the voting rights act.”
In a statement opposing the bill, the conservative Club for Growth said, “Supporters of the legislation simply want to reverse state voter identification laws. Voter ID laws protect the integrity of the ballot box. This legislation would sacrifice that integrity by allowing the possibility of more illegal votes to be cast and the will of legal voters’ decisions to be thwarted by voter fraud.”
Democrats say that Republicans’ concerns about voter fraud is little more than a conspiracy theory. But even if we take that claim at face value, it doesn’t bolster their theory that voter ID laws are keeping large numbers of people away from the polling booths. In fact, a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that nearly everyone who votes brings their identification with them, even in cases where it is not necessary.
“The law affects so few people,” the authors concluded, “that at most only 0.10% and 0.31% of total votes cast in each state were cast without IDs.”
Because they have an unquestioning media on their side, Democrats are allowed to make outlandish claims about the state of the country that bear little or no resemblance to the facts. Their claim about voter ID laws keeping millions of minorities away from the polls is just one more lie that needs to be exposed for what it is. And their attempts to erode the security of our elections should be viewed with the skepticism that it deserves.