Our dear president, Donald Trump, has recently come under fire for his concerns on voter fraud. Obviously, voter fraud is something that needs to be fixed- if it was as big of a problem as Trump claimed.
Instead, voter fraud rates are almost negligible.
If Trump is as worried as he claims, maybe he should start the fraud investigation with Steve Bannon, Tiffany Trump, Jared Kushner, or Sean Spicer. All of whom are registered to vote in two different states. There’s fraud for you.
After the election on November 8th, he tweeted this, insinuating that illegal votes had been the only thing that hundred him from winning the popular vote too:
Then, he repeated his worries:
Later, he followed up his comments, again:
But you know what rates have been non-negligible? Voter suppression. Republican gerrymandering.
Our country has a long, long history of voter suppression. Time and time again, laws are passed to keep minority voters out of the polls.
In 1965, the Voting Rights Act declared that Justice Department or a federal court had to sign off on voting legislation in states with a history of racial discrimination, like North Carolina or Texas. Yet, in 2013, the Supreme Court decided that racial discrimination did not play a part in voting anymore and voided the aforementioned provision.
My man, Rep. John Lewis, masterfully summed up the outrage at that kind of a decision in eloquent terms: “A deliberate, systematic attempt to make it harder..for many people to participate in a democratic process still exists.”
Almost immediately after the provision was struck down, North Carolina began requiring state-issued ID.
Here’s the thing: guess who is least likely to have a state-issued ID? That’s right- minorities. How convenient.
Fortunately, an appeals court knocked down the law in North Carolina last year.
But look at my home state: Texas. Strict state ID laws have been in place for years, with unfettered Republican support. In 2010, when lawmakers proposed a strict ID law, they referenced a case of voter impersonation.
I did some investigating. That one case was a) a clerical mistake, where a man with the same name as his father accidentally voted as his father and b) one out of 46 million votes over eight years. Sure, voter fraud is real dangerous.
The truth is that many lawmakers are afraid of us “becoming” a country of minorities. As if we haven’t put in a major share of the work over the past few centuries.
Oh, and the laws that Trump promises to “prevent voter fraud?” I guess they can take precedent from the all-white primaries and poll taxes of the twentieth century.
That’s what legislators said those were for too.