What Democrats Say When Ted Cruz Asks Whether Voter ID Is Racist
By Kelly - Sep 23, 2021
Voter ID laws are racist in Texas and could be in other states as well, depending on intent, three Democrat witnesses said Wednesday at a Senate hearing.
One Democrat witness said its difficult to say whether voter ID requirements have had any harmful effect, but requiring voters to show photo identification isnt likely to prevent election fraud because fake IDs are easy to obtain.
The hearing convened by the Senate Judiciary Committees subcommittee on the Constitution, titled Restoring the Voting Rights Act: Combating Discriminatory Abuses, was supposed to look at legislation known as HR 4, which would allow the Justice Department to prohibit implementation of state election laws.
But much of the discussion of HR 4, called the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, focused on voter ID.
Most state election reforms opposed by Democrats have revolved around voter ID, generally by expanding identification requirements to absentee or mail- in ballots. Senate Democrats called three witnesses for the subcommittee hearing, while Republicans had two.
Noting that voter ID laws are popular with voters of all demographics, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked each witness, In your judgment, are voter ID laws racist?
Franita Tolson, a vice dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, was rather blunt about Cruzs state.
It depends. One thing we have to stop doing is treating all voter ID laws as the same, Tolson said.
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