There’s an old saying that I’ll paraphrase: “If you torture the numbers long enough, you can make them say anything.” There are few things in politics that this applies to more than voter ID laws.
Pick a study. Play with the numbers. Manipulate the study if you have to. Despite plenty of data (not to mention common sense) that declares the only people who would be disproportionately affected by voter ID laws are people who are not eligible to vote, the left will find a way to make it a race issue.
Here’s the thing. Race plays a role, though discrimination does not. The vast majority of people who are not eligible to vote came from foreign countries illegally or overstayed their right to be here and therefore do not have legal identification. On the other side of the fence, nearly everyone (I say “nearly” though I can’t think of a circumstance that applies) who is legally eligible to vote can quickly and easily obtain sufficient identification.
What’s the problem?
Here’s my unsympathetic take on voter ID laws. The requirements and cost are minimal. Some states make it so easy you can practically order a voter ID on DoorDash. If you’re incapable of securing appropriate identification, I don’t trust your discernment when it comes to selecting the political leaders making decisions on my behalf. I know. I’m a cold son of a gun.
The latest news on a study comes from the right. Daily Signal reports that there seems to be no correlation between race and voter suppression through ID laws:
The new study finds “no definitive relationship” between tough laws requiring voters to present identification and a dropoff in Hispanic, black, and other minority turnout.
The study comes as a response to another one, published and widely reported in January, that asserted states with voter ID laws drive down turnout on Election Day, particularly among Hispanics. That earlier study, conducted by professors from the University of San Diego and Bucknell University, often is cited by liberal opponents of voter ID laws.
The arguments against voter identification are mostly nonsense. If you want to tell me that the government does not need a paper trail or that forcing identification to secure one right is infringement on other rights, I’ll listen to the arguments. I currently don’t agree, but I’m open to the conversation. On the other hand, if you say it’s racist to require identification to vote, you really have no foundation upon which to stand.