In a video for the Democratic National Committee released Monday, Vice President Joe Biden ridiculed the 11 States that are attempting to combat fraud at the polls via voter ID laws.
Biden also denounced 50 other “restrictive” voter-related bills being considered on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision last year to strike down key portions of Voting Rights Act.
In the YouTube video that was, unsurprisingly, first picked up by MSNBC, the Vice President insinuated that voter ID laws are indicative of American regression.
“If someone had said to me 10 years ago that I’d have to make a pitch for protecting voting rights today I would have said ‘you’ve got to be kidding,’” he said.
Biden also referenced the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s comment that “voting is the foundation stone for political action” in his video effort to aid the DNC’s Voter Expansion Project ahead of November’s midterms.
“I thought at that time the only debate we would be having at that time would be how to expand the voting franchise, but last year when the Supreme Court cut the heart out of the Voting Rights Act it opened up the floodgates to voter suppression, voter suppression efforts nationwide,” he said.
Biden also called out a handful of individual State voter ID laws, including a law in Texas that allows for the use of a concealed carry permit but not a student ID — the reason for which is, of course, obvious to all but the Veep.
“It’s time to stand up and to fight back. That’s why the Democratic National Committee’s Voter Expansion Project is training staff and volunteers to protect the right to vote all across this nation,” Biden said.
Referencing the original fight for voter rights in the 60s, Biden went on, “This is a fight we have to make again, but it’s a fight we can win again.”
The Vice President and fellow Democrats have, for months, been rallying against voter ID laws in the lead-up to the 2014 midterms. But recent polling indicates that the majority of Americans actually favor laws that target voter fraud.
A Rasmussen poll late last month revealed that just 19 percent of likely U.S. voters oppose the idea of requiring proof of voter citizenship laws, and only 29 percent believe that the laws are in any way discriminatory.
Seventy-eight percent support the laws, up from 71 percent last year. And 61 percent of respondents said that they do not think that there is any discriminatory nature to voter ID requirements.