McClaughry: The myth of voter suppression

By John McClaughry

Last week Jason Riley, a young black columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote:

“It has long been an article of faith on the political left that Republicans win elections by disenfranchising certain voting blocs. We are told that requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places not only depresses minority turnout but is tantamount to racial discrimination. The evidence challenging these assumptions gets stronger with every passing election, but Democrats and most of the political press don’t seem to have noticed.”

“Two weeks ago the Census Bureau released a report on voter turnout in 2018, which climbed 11 percentage points from the last midterm election, in 2014, and surpassed 50% for the first time since 1982. Moreover, the increased turnout was largely driven by the same minority voters Democrats claim are being disenfranchised. Black turnout grew around 27%, and Hispanic turnout increased about 50%.”

“None of this comes as news to anyone who pays attention to facts instead of inflammatory rhetoric. The black voter turnout rate has grown steadily since the 1990s. This has occurred notwithstanding an increase in state voter-ID requirements over the same period.”

“In a 2016 Gallup poll, voter-ID laws were supported by 4 in 5 respondents, including 95% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats, 81% of whites and 77% of nonwhites.”

“The Democrats’ real fear is that people will vote their pocketbooks. Under Mr. Trump, working-class minorities have experienced generational lows in unemployment.”

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.

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3 thoughts on “McClaughry: The myth of voter suppression

  1. If employers, liquor stores or airlines also require ID, are they too suppressing people?

  2. Pres Trump’s biggest opponent will be VOTER FRAUD. There is no suppression only a need
    to know Who is voting. If you need a ID for Liquor, Loans, Rent, SS, Welfare, Travel, get Married,
    Cell phone, Drugs, and a whole bunch of other stuff You Should have no problem with having one.
    That said if you don’t have enough patriotism to follow voting rules and have a ID you shouldn’t be
    The Gap toof Abrams Tank followed in Hitlery the criminals footsteps of deny you lost at all cost and
    maybe the people will sympathy vote you next time. I don’t think indies will vote for whiner losers who
    can’t accept defeat so it”s a useless cause except in the leftarded aisle of stupidity.
    Look for it to be the norm in losers of the left next election cycle…

  3. One Person, one vote !! Something DemocRATs try to get around every election,
    multi-votes per person, dead people voting, early voting ” why ” same day signup
    why, all tactics to cheat the system.

    It’s not voter suppression its voter legitimacy, every citizen should vote ” Legal Citizens”
    it’s pretty easy, just go to your local voting office with two forms of Id, one photo and one
    utility bill both should have the same residence !!…….pretty simple…..cast your vote.

    Liberals win by hook or by crook, keep there feet on the fire

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