Democrats act like election integrity is a Republican plot to put black people “back in chains,” as Joe Biden so offensively put it. The Washington Post renamed election integrity bills to “Republican-led voting restrictions” to make them sound more scary to the uninformed voter. Stacey Abrams is fundraising off of the phrase “Jim Crow 2.0” in reference to Republican efforts to secure our elections. These kinds of talking points would make anyone justifiably frightened about being disenfranchised. Sadly, few people look beyond the talking points to consider exactly what election integrity measures are being called for.
Senator Kamala Harris said in 2019 that “voter suppression” directly caused Democrats to lose the governorships of Georgia and Florida in 2018. Yet, Census Bureau data shows that a record-shattering 27% more black Americans and 50% more Hispanic Americans voted in the 2018 midterms as compared to the 2014 midterms. Where’s the suppression? When Democrats blame their losses on voter suppression, they obviously do not rely on hard data. Instead, they rely on unquantifiable anecdotes with no basis in reality. One would think that if Democrats did not have to be constrained by the facts, they could at least come up with a good lie. Pathetically, they can’t even manage to do that. At the core of their argument is the belief that minorities are too lazy or incompetent to get a photo ID to vote. Calling minorities ignorant does not sound like a winning message in 2021, but that is exactly what Democrats do every time they call voter ID laws “suppression.”
Americans are far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to election integrity. Out of a survey of 47 European nations, only the United Kingdom does not require photo voter IDs nationwide, though the UK is on track to join the rest later this year. Clearly, if ID voter suppression is real, it must be a uniquely American problem. It’s high time for Americans to leave behind racist Democrats who think minorities are too ignorant to get a photo ID. Real election integrity laws are beneficial to citizens of all skin tones.