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Do Republicans honestly believe voter fraud is a real issue?

John Hawkins of Townhall asked:

“I’m doing a Townhall column where I’ll honestly, w/out sarcasm, answer liberal questions to conservatives. Any libs want to ask questions?”

He actually wound up writing a second column as well. I enjoyed both very much, but as I was reading, I found myself thinking about how I would respond to those questions if they had been asked of me. So I decided this would be a golden opportunity to provide another perspective from another conservative. There’s nothing wrong with Hawkin’s answers, but I thought it would be fun, and a good writing exercise to answer each one from my point of view, with my additional thoughts, and in a couple places, where we differ.

1. Do R’s honestly believe voter fraud is a real issue and not just a blatant excuse to suppress min vote. Please provide proof.

Hawkins provides a good list of proofs; plenty to get you started. The only thing I would add is that an investigation needs to be conducted in Detroit because of discrepancies that were found when the recount began. If the recount wouldn’t have been canceled, many votes wouldn’t have been allowed because of discrepancies.

On the other hand, I don’t think that Hawkins did a good job addressing the accusation of conservatives wanting to suppress the minority vote. First, conservatives do NOT want to suppress the minority vote, they want to suppress voter fraud, even if it is minimal. They want to make sure that the people who are voting are the people who have a RIGHT to vote, not illegal immigrants, multiple voters, or dead people. Creating laws that minimize the ability for fraud to occur, such as proving you’re who you say you are with a picture id makes sense and applies equally to everyone regardless of skin color. Recently, according to the National Review, the United Kingdom and United states were the “only industrial democracies that don’t routinely require voters to show an ID1.” However, that’s changing in the United Kingdom2. The United States needs to follow suit.

I would turn the question around and ask, why do liberals think minorities are less capable than whites to obtain an id? Is it racist to ask a minority for id when they want to buy alcohol? If we can’t require an id to vote because it’s racist, then we need to stop requiring an id to buy alcohol, or for that matter, a gun. The idea that it’s harder for a minority to get an id is ridiculous, and quite frankly, racist.

  1. Fund, John. 2015. Voter ID: Other Countries Require It. National Review. Accessed: 4 Feb 2017. 
  2. Mason, Rowena. 2016. Voters in local elections will be required to show ID in anti-fraud trials. The Guardian. Accessed: 4 Feb 2017. 

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