For decades now, there has been grave concern about voter fraud. While the risk was mitigated by things like voter registration, for many Americans that has never felt secure enough. In response, some states, counties, and even just singular jurisdictions have instituted strict requirements to cast your ballot. As more states have been looking to create and enforce these laws, many on the left have been quick to call these laws “racist.”
Let’s take a look at five reasons why they are talking out of their ass.
Voter identification laws do not decrease minority voter turnout
Ever since these laws have been suggested or rolled out, one of the biggest claims has been that they would inhibit minorities from being able to cast their ballot. The National Bureau of Economic Research has looked deeply into this and noticed not even a minimal decrease in minority voter turnout, nor a decline in any group when ID was required. In some districts, it even went up. For this study, they looked at data from 2008 to 2016. The Heritage Foundation also looked at this in 2007 and found the same information back then.
Requiring identification to vote isn’t burdensome
ID is required for normal, everyday activities. Driving an automobile, opening a bank account, signing a cell phone contract, or even buying booze requires a photo ID. The same photo ID that you would need to vote. It is not difficult to get an ID, and the same documents you need to get a photo ID are the same documents every adult needs to get through life and hold a legitimate job. It’s also easy to use when voting.
Voter identification laws don’t target minorities
While states have the right to determine what will be an acceptable form of ID to vote in their state, you can rest assured that a simple photo ID or driver’s license will work easily. While many like to claim that it is a problem for minorities to get their ID in order, there are ample programs available to obtain one. While sparsely populated areas like in western TX can necessitate a long trip to get an ID, they are already likely making such trips for things like stocking the pantry, or school clothes shopping. Getting a closer service center is something you can elect someone to do.
Voter fraud is real
Despite the suggestions from people like President Biden and Hillary Clinton, voter fraud does happen. While it can be a burden to accomplish, even small amounts of fraud in small districts can cause big problems. Having just 100 people commit fraud in a small 2,000-voter town can really swing the way the vote turns out. Especially when only 60% or less come out and cast their ballot.
It is being enforced in every district where it’s a law
Many on the left like to proclaim that these laws would result in selective enforcement. They ascertain that it would be enforced much more strictly in minority districts than in white ones. If you’ve ever voted in a minority area of the country that has voter ID, you’d see that everyone goes through the same steps. There is no “white privilege” that allows whites to circumvent the law.
Arguments about the idea of Voter ID have been around since it was first required. It’s not racist, and it isn’t suppressing the voice of minorities. Nobody is being told they are being forced to give up their right to vote. All that is happening is that the elections are being kept more secure and conducted the right way. Perhaps if the people who make this into an issue voted in a state that requires voter ID, they would see that it’s a good thing.