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ICYMI: Democrats losing the voter fraud argument

At least in the eyes of the American people if this Rasmussen poll is accurate:

Despite his insistence that voter fraud is not a serious problem, Attorney General Eric Holder was embarrassed last week when a video surfaced of someone illegally obtaining a ballot to vote under Holder’s name in his home precinct in Washington, D.C. Most voters consider voter fraud a problem in America today and continue to overwhelmingly support laws requiring people to show photo identification before being allowed to vote.

Why do they support the requirement so overwhelmingly?

Simple common sense.  The arguments we’ve been putting forward for years – a photo ID is absolutely necessary to do many of today’s daily chores, so producing one to vote is no big deal.   And, in fact, it helps maintain the integrity of a system that badly needs such a shot in the arm.

Or said another way, most Americans don’t buy the argument that voter fraud isn’t a problem.  Additionally most Americans certainly don’t see one of the solutions – voter ID—to be a problem either. 

We’re not talking about a slim majority here:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters rate voter fraud at least a somewhat serious problem in the United States today, and just 24% disagree. This includes 35% who consider it a Very Serious problem and seven percent (7%) who view it as Not At All Serious. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

As for photo IDs?

Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to cast their ballot. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% oppose this kind of requirement. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

So here’s a loser for the left.  It is something that actually hurts the left because most people don’t accept the argument that obtaining acceptable ID is either discriminatory or difficult.  They also know, from personal experience, how often they are asked to produce such ID while navigating everyday life.

Consequently, when the left tries those arguments, it falls on deaf ears.  They are instead seen as a group with something to hide, a group with an ulterior motive for wanting the requirement struck down.  And that motive isn’t seen as a positive one either. 

So?  So let the left continue to push the issue and continue to alienate those who see the requirement as a common sense safeguard against fraud.  It certainly isn’t going to help Democrats convince voters they’re for voter integrity, that’s for sure.


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5 Responses to ICYMI: Democrats losing the voter fraud argument

  • “…most Americans don’t buy the argument that voter fraud isn’t a problem.”
    They also know better than to believe the LIE that this is about some racist plot to disenfranchise people….’cause they are not STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooopid.

  • As my friend with the charming foreign-sounding name Pogue Mahone has said many times on this issue, the problem is really absentee ballots. So stop talking about this, and for goodness sake stop bringing extremist partisan rhetoric into what is supposed to be a neutral, moderate, pragmatic process of electing responsible people to office.
    How can you dense righties be so insensitive to the grandmotherly lady who just can’t get down to have her picture taken and get an ID at the DMV? And don’t start with how if she can’t do that she can’t get down to the voting location either. Just don’t start. We need her participation. She has broad perspective in how wonderful welfare state policies have been helping us since Roosevelt. She understand how important it is for everyone to have health care, and so we need to elect people who will give us a Supreme Court that would never, ever overturn something so noble and just as Obamacare. Because healthcare is a moral right. Unlike all those rights you thick righties keep talking about, which are not really rights because we’re carbon based life forms who don’t have natural rights. See the difference? Look harder. Watch and learn.
    Anyway, we need to do everything possible to increase voter participation, so that everyone can sit down and debate what to do and come to a reasonable moderate conclusion that we should keep on growing government, and that we should raise taxes so we can have the money for way more government, er, I mean to reduce the gap between rich and poor. Any other option has been tried and failed. Just look at how the free market has failed in the last twenty years. If you think otherwise, you are making a meager argument that shows economic ignorance. And let me tell you, I know all about economic ignorance.
    If you believe in the free market, you’re out of touch with reality. I decree it. In particular, income inequality is just awful, and it comes from the free market. Yes, I’d rather see everyone have exactly the same size house and the same kind of car, just like my in-laws experienced in Russia. Now, there’s some income equality for you. I can’t believe you dense righties don’t recognize how wonderful that would be if we did the same thing here and put wise leftists in charge of everything.
    And deregulation has just been horrible, and bubbles are caused by low taxes. And don’t even start asking for links for all that – I have already linked to my own rich, creamy analysis on my blog, and it’s not either true that my analysis is shot full of contradictions and omissions. Hey, I’ll have you know that I got a B in “Statistics for Social Science Majors”, and I know how to use the charting wizard in Excel, so there. 
    And this isn’t either an attempt to steer a thread into a completely unrelated area where I have a complete set of talking points from an article in the New York Times I read yesterday. Nor am I just phoning in my analysis and comments because I’m depressed about the reelection chances for Obama of the christlike visage. Nope, I’ve been saying for years that he’s almost certain to be re-elected, and if he isn’t, don’t worry. It will only take me about two months after the election to convince myself that I changed my mind in a discussion with the neighbor’s cat, and really predicted whatever happened all along.
    And even, then, it will really only be a month, because I’ll probably have to spend the first month after the election cleaning the magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face and ample bosom out of the basement.

  • Why do they support the requirement so overwhelmingly?

    >>> Because we’re all racists who want to suppress the minority vote? Because we’re arrogant and don’t know the overwhelming entry barriers that prevent minorities from obtaining even a free ID? Because we’re all Jim Crow throwbacks who want to treat having an ID as akin to a poll tax or literacy test?

  • Isn’t it time for someone to show up and remind us we’re racists for discussing this in a positive way? That this voter id thing is one of those ‘dog whistles’ that appeal to our denied inner racist. You know, the monster’s from the ID that want us to act and talk like Louis Fruitcakekhan…ooops, I mean, that old Kleagle and exalted cyclops deceased Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat, uh….wait…….