In 2016, GOP Rep. Admitted That Voter ID Laws Are Not About Election Security

JakeThomas

Republicans keep saying voter ID laws are necessary to combat voter fraud, but the truth is, voter fraud is rare.

As we inch closer to another presidential election, it is worth remembering that over the years, several Republicans have shown their hand regarding voter ID laws, which purport to safeguard America’s elections from voter fraud.

In reality, Republicans know that mandating photo IDs will negatively impact voters of color the most, and they also know that this demographic tends to leans left.

Aaron Blake detailed in The Washington Post in 2016 how one of those Republicans came right out and explained on television that the GOP would benefit from such laws, which spread across the country after Republicans gained control of numerous states from 2010 to 2014.

“Freshman Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) became the latest to stumble into this territory this week,” Blake wrote, “including voter ID as part of his case for why Republicans could win Wisconsin in the general election for the first time since 1984.”

Grothman said:

"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."

Grothman made a similar remark in 2012, then a state senator, saying: "I think we believe that, insofar as there are inappropriate things, people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat."

Despite Republicans’ insistence that voter fraud is rampant in the U.S., the numbers simply do not support their narrative. Voter fraud is actually quite rare, and the only problem Republicans appear to be solving with photo ID laws is their lack of success at the ballot box.

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