I have always believed and continue to believe that America is the greatest nation on the face of the globe. There’s a reason everyone else wants to move here. American citizenship is one of the most valuable possessions anyone can have. Yet, if we want to know how to implement real election integrity laws, Americans should look to the most unlikely of places.
A stolen election in Mexico woke the people up to the need for change. In 1988, a leftist presidential candidate named Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas lost out amidst massive voter fraud. Even the president who presided over the election later admitted that Cárdenas lost because of fraud. Rather than just bemoaning the outcome, the people of Mexico got to work. By 1991, they had passed strict laws mandating in-person voter registration and photo IDs with biometric information to vote.
According to the talking points of American leftists, these reforms would be considered “voter suppression.” In theory, voter turnout should plummet because of all the Mexicans that the left thinks are too lazy or incompetent to obtain a voter ID. However, the exact opposite happened. Voter turnout rates went through the roof after Mexico secured their elections. According to a study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center, “In the three presidential elections following the 1991 reforms, an average of 68% of the eligible citizens voted, compared with only 59% in the three elections prior to the rule changes.”
The CPRC study positively shreds any credibility leftists have on the issue of election integrity. By definition, “voter suppression” requires that fewer people be able to vote. How can the left explain away the fact that so-called “voter suppression” laws resulted in a net increase of 15% turnout? The left may have no answer for this, but conservatives certainly do. When people believe that elections are rigged, they are more likely to stay home. Why bother to vote if your vote doesn’t matter? However, when people have faith in the electoral system, they are more likely to be a part of the process. If Democrats truly want to increase turnout in minority communities, stop telling people that they are being suppressed and start securing election systems like Mexico.