Jul 5, 2015

New Meme Destroys the Liberal Narrative on Voter ID Laws


By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

From Politifact:
In his statement, [Scott] Walker said, “Hillary Clinton’s rejection of efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat not only defies logic, but the will of the majority of Americans.”
Is Walker right that a strong majority of Americans support photo IDs to vote? And do those requirements make it “easier to vote and harder to cheat”?

The thrust of Walker’s claim was that photo ID laws are exceptionally popular among voters, and that Hillary Clinton’s view opposing them is out of step. So we will start there.
According to the polls we examined, Walker is on target about public support.
A Rasmussen Reports poll published June 3, 2015, showed 76 percent of respondents believe voters should be required to show a form of photo identification before being allowed to vote. Even 58 percent of respondents who identified as Democrats supported voter ID laws. The poll included 952 likely voters and had a margin of error of 3 percent.
A 2012 Washington Post poll found 74 percent of respondents said they believed voters should have to show government-issued ID before casting a ballot.
Again, the support crossed demographic groups: 78 percent of white respondents supported voter ID laws; as did 67 percent of non-whites, 65 percent of blacks and 64 percent of Hispanics. The poll included 2,047 adults. The margin of error was 2.5 percent.

We looked at several other national polls, and all had similar numbers: between 70 percent and 80 percent of voters support requiring a photo ID to vote. …
There are two other elements embedded in Walker’s claim — that photo ID laws make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.
On these points, there is great partisan disagreement and dug-in views on both sides. …
Walker said, “Hillary Clinton’s rejection of efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat not only defies logic, but the will of the majority of Americans.”
Walker is on point with the main thrust of his claim. Polls show strong support for voter ID laws, including from Democrats.

The other elements of the claim — easier to vote and harder to cheat — amount to a split. It’s clearly not easier to vote if the extra step of obtaining a photo ID is added. Likewise, it is harder to cheat if there is an extra verification step at the polling place.
On balance, we rate Walker’s claim Mostly True.

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