Voter ID Laws Under Assault

February 14, 2019

The left’s argument against voter ID laws has always seemed like their argument that Trump won via Russian collusion or because his supporters are all racist Nazis – like a feeble attempt to avoid confronting the reality that a majority of American voters reject failed leftist policies.  For some people, it’s easier and more comforting to blame your own failings on there being something fundamentally wrong with everyone else than to consider that the fault might lie in yourself. 

 

So when Republicans propose simple measures to insure that elections are legitimate, such as asking voters to show ID (one of many types that are free and easily available), the cry always goes up that they are trying to suppress the minority vote.  This is predicated on the offensively racist premise that minorities are somehow unable to attain an ID.  And it flies in the face of polls showing that large majorities of minority voters also favor voter ID laws.

 

https://www.weeklystandard.com/ethan-epstein/the-majority-of-minorities-support-voter-id-laws

 

This argument against voter ID laws has gone on for so long that two economics professors from Harvard and the University of Bologna decided to test it scientifically in a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.  They looked at ten states with voter ID laws and used statistics from Catalyst, a research firm that provides data to progressive groups and academics.  The sample size was massive, over 50,000 people, both registered and unregistered to vote, along with demographic info on each voter.  Here’s what they found:

 


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“Strict ID laws have no significant negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any subgroup defined by age, gender, race, or party affiliation…Most importantly,” strict voter ID laws “do not decrease the participation of ethnic minorities relative to whites. The laws’ overall effects remain close to zero and non-significant, whether the election is a midterm or presidential election, and whether the laws are the more restrictive type that stipulate photo IDs.”

 

However, proponents of voter ID laws should note that the researchers also found virtually no difference in the amount of voter fraud before and after they were implemented.  They suggested more effective measures for fighting fraud might be considered.  But that could just mean they were implemented in places where there wasn’t as much voter fraud to begin with.  And it doesn’t take millions of fraudulent votes to swing the balance of power; just a handful targeted in the right districts can do it.

 

Perhaps the most important effect of voter ID laws would be in discouraging anyone from trying to pull any vote fraud, and in giving Americans the peace of mind of knowing that the election results were trustworthy and their voice wasn’t canceled out by a fraudulent vote.  The most important effect of this study should be to put to bed the notion that simply asking for the same ID anyone has to show to cash a check or get on a plane or into a government building somehow imposes an impossible, racist burden when it comes to protecting the integrity of the most important civic duty any American can perform. 

 

https://freebeacon.com/politics/study-voter-id-laws-dont-stop-people-voting/

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Comments 1-25 of 25

  • Jeanne Weller

    02/20/2019 04:05 PM

    Hey, Mike... I love your commentaries and read them all, ... thank you.. My question is "HOW can we make sure that voter ID is required? AND enacted in every state?" Would it help to write our Congressman and demand passage of a law to that effect? I agree with the comments I have read from others... it is time for change!! there are Democrats that need to also have their tax filings looked into as well... !

  • Vernon Hinz

    02/15/2019 03:37 PM

    We have always had a voter I D in effect. The Democrats are the ones who have caused this problem today. They want anyway they can to stuff the ballot box in their favor

  • Dawn Street

    02/15/2019 12:01 PM

    I have to show my picture ID to cash a check, sometimes to use a credit card, to get my DL, to purchase a weapon... People on food stamps and welfare have to use a picture ID to access those. Voting is a very important thing I have to use my picture ID for!! And I do want those to be checked very carefully!!

  • Ann Bouchard

    02/14/2019 10:49 PM

    Leftist agenda is about getting what they want and everyone else holding the bag. It’s not about making sense to everyone else. You know you can’t get through to them by constantly trying to talk sense even if you make perfect sense. They don’t have common sense period and they don’t care to.

  • Ruth Reynolds

    02/14/2019 06:23 PM

    We had to show ID when I first started to vote, till Oregon went to mail in ballots.

  • Ruth Reynolds

    02/14/2019 06:22 PM

    We had to show ID when I first started to vote, till Oregon went to mail in ballots.

  • William Morley

    02/14/2019 06:21 PM

    I agree that we need photo ID when we vote. It is a non raises and non bias way to have an honest voting process. We also need term limits on all voted candidates with no more than two terms.
    If the president has to impose his tax filings then every voted in candidate should be subjected to the same thing. Donald Trump earned his moneys with hard work and a sharp mind in business. He did not get it off the backs of the people. Politics should not be a career job. Do the job you were voted in to do then get out and let someone else be a part of working for the people. As it is supposed to be, A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE. Other wise get out and let someone who knows what they are doing,do the job

  • Ruby Howell

    02/14/2019 05:27 PM

    Voter ID should be unforced to prevent illeagal votes. Also it should be a photo ID so the name can be matched with the person.

  • Joseph

    02/14/2019 04:37 PM

    The main reason Democrats don't want Voter ID's because they will have a harder time stuffing ballot box's. Not saying Democrats are the only ones doing it, but past elections show us it is more likely that in heavy Democratic precincts it is more likely to happen. When Warren called for recounts in several states we found that Democrats instituted voter fraud with thousands of illegal votes trying to assure Killary a win. We all know what happened anyway. It has become a way of life for the left to cheat whenever they presume they may lose an election no matter what the election is for. I for one would like to know the real count of ballots on AOC's election. How did someone with no experience or absolutely no gray matter get elected to a congressional seat? Also how did she ever obtain a college degree and not even be able to put a coherent sentence together? Democrats can only use their tire old Racism thing because they refuse to admit there are dozens of things where ID's have to be used even for them and as dumb as many of them seem to be even they were able to obtain one.

  • A.W. Monk

    02/14/2019 04:09 PM

    It's perfectly insane not to want legitimate outcomes for our votes. It just makes sense to show identification. When will this craziness stop??

  • Rolland Sicard

    02/14/2019 02:50 PM

    It out to be mandatory that Immigrants have to show an ID backed up by Birth Certificate and certificate of citizenship having lived in the USA for a minimum of 10 years in order to vote. A quality photo of their face and a blood sample for DNA classifying need to be made and inserted into a database that can be accessed by the authorities in order to identify them.

  • Rachel Morrell

    02/14/2019 02:46 PM

    Thank you for laying out this issue so clearly and succinctly, with facts. Too many times this issue seems to be presented emotionally instead of rationally. Appreciate it.

  • Audrey Skarness

    02/14/2019 02:33 PM

    Re voter ID...next the left will want EVERY ONE to be able to drive a car without any kind of ID.

  • CONNIE L ARNESON

    02/14/2019 02:07 PM

    Everyone needs to have a ID to vote. how can we get this taken care of. you need id for anything,you surely should need one to vote.

  • Harlean Greathouse

    02/14/2019 02:00 PM

    I was so happy when Arkansas passed the law that requires the voter to present Photo ID. But I am not sure how it stands now I read that they are trying to reverse the law. And to add to the problem of no ID required, Arkansas also has another part of voting that in my opinion, also makes it easier to commit voter fraud, is the signing of our signature. They are now doing this electronically just as you sign your name for paying at walmart. These signatures are, as everyone knows, unreadable. And, in many cases, they are directing voters to use "their finger" to sign. Not only can they not verify the signature of the voter. I defy them to even read the name that one signs with their finger on an electronic device. Laws that cover voter ID should be a law of the land.

  • Paul Russ

    02/14/2019 01:26 PM

    February 14, 2019
    President Trump:
    In my opinion you have two choices on the lousy compromise that the GOP members of Congress have “negotiated” for you to contemplate:
    1. You can sign the bill and compromise the fundamental promise that you made to your constituency during your 2016 election campaign. The “pie in the sky” promise of finding funding elsewhere is not credible among your supporters, knowing that Congress and anti-democratic judicial activists will thwart your every attempt to use alternative funding sources. I would argue that now is the time to fight for a final and permanent fix to illegal immigration and border security, and to remedy the consequences of previous enforcement failure. In El Paso, you referenced the Alamo. Time to take a stand.
    2. Alternatively, you could reject the so-called compromise “deal”. If the government shuts down again, it would be the Democrats’ fault. Think about this. You asked for $5 billion. You are offered $1.3 billion. How is that a compromise? Even a 50-50 compromise would equal $2.5 billion. A compromise that you could claim victory for would be greater than $2.5 billion. This is no deal. If accepted, the Democrats will spend the next two years pointing out to everyone that you broke your promise, just like Pres. G. H. W. Bush’s “read my lips, no new taxes” fiasco. You will not be rewarded, nor will the country ultimately benefit, for accepting a lousy deal.
    In conclusion, you can break your promise and alienate your constituency and give the Democrats fodder with which to attack you as failing to stand on principle. You can spend your time arguing with conservative Republicans that you really did not break your promise.
    Alternatively, you can argue with Democrats that their obstructionism and failure to govern caused a second government shut down. After all, the House controls the purse strings.
    I would suggest that the second scenario is politically viable. The first scenario is not.

  • Julie Detlefsen

    02/14/2019 01:05 PM

    If everyone can obtain a cell phone, even minorities, I find it interesting they can't go through the process of attaining proper identification which is necessary for so many other things than voting. I guess it just is a matter of what is important....

  • Jerry Korba

    02/14/2019 01:01 PM

    One would want or demand a legal voting population NOTHING illegal about voter registration and legal ID its as easy as pulling your credit card out of your purse or billfold as a matter of fact you can have it your hand when you enter the building. If you are disabled have someone help you. I demand my vote is counted by legal means as other votes Should also be legal. Otherwise why bother? I have commented about our elected officials from Mn. Omar has lived up to the predicted stupidity as she continues show it off. And the others can't understand what is wrong with her understanding of our Jewish population. Still looking for 100 million dollars stolen from the Somalia daycare fund Omar can you forget about the Jewish people until you find the money and the thieves and work on the Stolen money sent to Somalia? America please ask her to work on that. Ask her Ask her and continue to Ask her.until they find the funds it could be helping finance Somali terrorism. Omar stop ripping the Jewish people I believe they are friendly fact is I do not know how many jewish people here in Mn. How many do you know? Does Mlps and St Paul have so many you have grown to hate and target them?

  • James Halloran

    02/14/2019 01:00 PM

    The only reason that I can think of for opposing voter ID laws, is to commit Voter Fraud. I'm not in favor of the remapping of districts either. I pray for integrity in the voting booth.

  • Robert

    02/14/2019 12:33 PM

    Try seeing a Dr. or Dentist without an ID. Some retailers ask for ID when using credit card. It’s truly a smoke screen because you can’t do much of anything without an ID.

  • Phil Jones

    02/14/2019 11:59 AM

    So I seed ads for a device that supposedly identifies you by biometric means (clear), no I.D. card needed. Place a unit at each voting poll..How would they fight that. I'm convinced that nether party wants the majority to vote.

  • Alice Claar

    02/14/2019 11:54 AM

    You are always so wise and smart. Again thanks for looking out for all of us. And you have a wonderful daughter. God Bless.

  • Rafael A Salaz

    02/14/2019 11:43 AM

    The Democrats or who ever should not allow people from other countries enter Politics like that women Omar. They are pre programmed in their thinking on there Nationality beliefs of every kind. If allowed they poison our country , all this in the name of , America is a free country to do what ever you want. All this is Bull Crap. The Republicans have gotten run over by the Democrats. That Mitch McConell is a shivering weakling . So was Jeff Sessions. And there are a lot more Republicans in the party , that have no back bone. They are afraid of being shunned at the gatherings .

  • Tom Reiva

    02/14/2019 11:18 AM

    I wonder how many naysayers have to use an ID card of some sort to do something in their daily lives? I'm retired military and need an ID card to enter any military base.

  • Amelia Little

    02/14/2019 11:18 AM

    There have been lists of the at least 20 occasions where photo ID is required, lists that include many places/instances where the "poor" person, regardless of race has to present. Places like, picking up WIC vouchers, or collecting government commodities, etc. I'm sure those who partake of these kinds of programs have somehow managed to get photo ID's. As for the elections--I'm sure the integrity of the election officials might also have an effect on voter fraud--seems there are some (or at least in the last election were on board) who don't pay attention to ID, to registration, to number of times a person votes, and who, somehow "find" a bunch of "uncounted" or "misplaced" ballots. But, voter ID, whether state ID or driver's license with the insignia that denotes US CITIZEN is a place to start. While there are those who contend there are only a miniscule number of people perpetrating voter fraud, it's like a lot of other things. One person finds a way to vote more than once, or vote illegally, s/he tells 10 people and those 10 tell 10 others, etc etc etc---and the numbers of fraudulent votes just gets bigger. I don't want someone who is here because they are promised free stuff to vote for more free stuff they really aren't entitled to as it is. We already have enough actual citizens who, if they vote, go for the free stuff. We don't need more doing so.