Democrats Lying About Voter Suppression in Order to Undermine Faith in Elections
You’ve seen it from Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and now Joe Biden. The notion that elections were stolen in 2016 and 2018. Harris told the NAACP that but for voter suppression Democrats would have won the 2018 governors’ races in Florida and Georgia. Both of their candidates are black. Biden repeated the charge, talking about the return of Jim Crow. He claimed Republicans suppressed minority voters.
Let’s say this loud and clear – without voter suppression: @staceyabrams is Governor Stacey Abrams. @AndrewGillum is Governor Andrew Gillum. #NAACPDetroit
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 6, 2019
The Vote in Georgia
After Stacey Abrams lost the Georgia gubernatorial race, she claimed she lost because the Republicans kept some minority voters from voting. She accused the winner, Republican Brian Kemp, and the state of “gross mismanagement” of the election. Kemp was secretary of state and oversaw the voting process.
Clinton spoke the same way about her loss in 2016. She claimed that in that year “there were fewer voters registered in Georgia than there had been those prior four years.” But The Washington Post’s Salvador Rizzo observed that voter registration in Georgia actually increased in 2016. Voter turnout was higher than the national average. And a record percentage of voters were nonwhite. Minorities turned out in greater numbers than usual.
Claims in Georgia that “purging” voters from the rolls or placing them on “pending” status deterred voters have no evidence to back them up. Purging means removing voters who are inactive, deceased or who have moved. If inactive, they can easily reregister online. This law was passed by a Democratic governor and legislature.
Clinton claimed that the reason Trump narrowly won in Wisconsin was because 40,000 to 80,000 Wisconsinites were turned away at the polls.
Pending refers to voters whose data in the voter registration database doesn’t line up with the state’s data. Even so, those voters can still vote if they show ID with a “substantial match” to the voter’s record.
It Was Clinton
Although black turnout generally decreased across the nation, the decrease took place in both states with voter ID laws and states without them. The reality is, black voters were less motivated to vote for Clinton than they were for Barack Obama four years earlier. If anything suppressed minority voting in that election, it was the Democrats’ choice of candidate.
Wisconsin offers another example. Clinton claimed that Trump narrowly won the state because 40,000 to 80,000 Wisconsinites were turned away at the polls. This was due to their skin color, age or “whatever excuse.” She noted that it was the first presidential election since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. However, that part of the Act did not apply to Wisconsin in the first place.
Clinton also asserts that voters were deterred from voting due to Wisconsin’s new voter ID law. But a study found that only 11,701 to 23,252 voters may have been “deterred.” Trump won the state by 22,748 votes. Based on those numbers, it is highly unlikely that deterred voters could have been the deciding factor. The National Bureau of Economic Research found that voter ID laws have had “mostly null” effects. They have not hurt minorities.
Race and Lies
The Democrats are using race and lies about voter suppression to further divide and undermine the election process. The Democrats are setting it up so if they lose to Trump next year they can claim it was because of suppression. Their claims are having an effect. Many Americans now believe elections are stolen.
Trump has accused the Democrats themselves of “election theft.” He says they vote at the polls and return to their cars to change clothes. Then they return to the polling location and vote again. He said if the votes of illegal immigrants were deducted, he would have won the popular vote.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Republicans won in 2016 and in Georgia and Florida in 2018 because the American people chose them over Democrats. All the cries of voter suppression have no evidence to back them up. On the other hand, there has been plenty of evidence of voter fraud on the Democrat side, from illegal immigrants to dead people voting.
The Democrats know if they can spin it the other way, they can destroy faith in elections, and get people to change the voting laws to favor their candidates. Harris wants a new voting rights act, which will include automatically register people to vote. This favors Democrats due to the preference for Democrats by people who don’t commonly register to vote. It also gives Democrats another group of people they can easily steal votes from since many won’t bother voting.
Democrats also know if they can convince Americans that racist voter suppression occurred by Republicans, they can destroy confidence in Trump and other officials. That will translate into voting for Democrats instead. Democrats are making everything about race these days, and now you know this is a primary reason why.
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