The left repeatedly claims that it’s a racist attempt to shut out poor and minority voters. But according to the results of a recent poll of likely voters, a growing majority of Americans support laws requiring proof of citizenship before someone is allowed to vote.
The Rasmussen poll indicates 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.
That must be bad news for Vice President Joe Biden, who claimed last month that voter identification rules in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas had roots in Southern racism.
“These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away,” Biden said at a Black History Month reception held at the Naval Observatory. “The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason.”
Supporters of voter proof of citizenship laws celebrated earlier this month when a Federal judge in Kansas ruled that Federal election authorities must comply with State voter ID mandates in Kansas and Arizona. The decision, based on a Supreme Court ruling last summer allowing States to require proof of citizenship in State and local elections, served to embolden other States with tough voter ID laws.
Also from Rasmussen: “Thirty-four percent (34%) think it is more common that people are prevented from voting who should be allowed to vote. Half (50%) of voters disagree and think that more often people are allowed to vote who are not eligible to vote.”
Of course, the left maintains that voter ID laws are simply indicative of rampant racism and that voter fraud doesn’t exist.
MSNBC host Joy Reid interviewed South Carolina Republican Party Chair Katon Dawson on Monday, suggesting that the GOP’s focus on voter ID laws couldn’t possibly related to attempts to quell voter fraud.
“There have been a lot of studies on this,” Reid said. “There are a lot of studies that show, literally, you’re more likely to be beamed up into a UFO or struck by lightning than find in-person voter fraud.”
“Why is it your party seems fixated on trying to go after early voting?” the MSNBC host continued. “Trying to go after, you know, forcing people to bring a birth certificate — all things that just happen to impact minorities and people who tend to vote for the Democratic Party?”
Dawson replied with a bit of common sense, a rare feature on MSNBC.
“I had to show a voter ID to get into the studio today, to buy whiskey last week. To do a lot of things that are simple,” he said. “I think it becomes disingenuous for the argument and the integrity of the process, for someone to be ‘obstructed’ by having to acquire an ID for something to prove where they live.”
He also added that local and State elections with lower voter turnout can be immensely affected by even isolated incidences of voter fraud.