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Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law May Have Suppressed 300,000 Votes

300,000

Associated Press: “By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election; it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn’t have proper identification. But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver’s license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient.”

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Lawmaker Asserts Voter ID Law Will Help GOP in Prez Race

Well I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up. And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.

— Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), telling WTMJ that his state’s new voter ID laws were a key reason the Republican presidential candidate will be competitive there in the general election.

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Biden: Attempts to Limit Voter Rights are ‘Pure Politics’

These moves to limit the right to vote are nothing more than pure politics, masquerading as attempts to combat corruption where there is none.

— Vice President Joe Biden, quoted by The Hill, on voter ID laws and other efforts to restrict voting.

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Colin Powell Publicly Criticizes N.C. Voter-Suppression Laws

I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote. … It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs. These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.

— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, taking aim at North Carolina’s new voting law — with N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in the audience — the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

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Majority Favors ID Checks for Voters

74%

Of all Americans support the idea that people should have to show photo identification to vote, a new Washington Post poll finds. Also, 81% are concerned about possible fraud and 73% are concerned about voter suppression in a presidential election. Asked to trade off the two, slightly more Americans are concerned with fraud than with voter suppression, although stark partisan and racial differences emerge.

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New Study Links Support for Voter ID Laws to Racial Resentment

votecountsDespite its conclusion, the study was not produced by Duh University and at least one surprising tidbit it uncovered shows it.

New research from the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication found that people with high “racial resentment” scores, along with those who consider themselves Republicans and conservatives, are most likely to be concerned about the largely imaginary issue of vote fraud.

Intense vote fraud investigations in Iowa have produced a confused elderly man who voted twice, a college student whose parents are divorcing who didn’t get the postcard, and a lady who lives at the address on her voter ID but gets mail elsewhere

To gauge their depth of racial resentment, non African-American survey respondents were asked how strongly they agreed with these statements:

  • I resent any special considerations that Africans Americans receive because it’s unfair to other Americans.
  • Special considerations for African Americans place me at an unfair disadvantage because I have done nothing to harm them.
  • African Americans bring up race only when they need to make an excuse for their failure.

Not all liberals and Democrats came up clean in the survey.

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