In a long but not-so-storied tradition of Daily Show alums taking their schtick of political activism dressed up as “comedy” on the road, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee recently set out on a mission to mock Trump supporters who believe the candidate that “the election is rigged.”
A series of man-on-the-street interviews commenced, needling the Trump backers for the superficial irony of believing both that their candidate was certain to win and that the “system is rigged.” At one point in the segment, the show smugly announces:
“It turns out in-person voter fraud is real…llly insignificant according to experts who have exhaustively studied it and found that it is so rare it doesn’t affect election outcomes.
Correspondent with superior intellect due to her British accent: ‘It’s actually been shown that there have been 31 cases out of a billion since 2000.’
Ha, ha, ha! Let’s all laugh at the Republican candidate supporter!
Now, let’s take a look at what some other “experts” have said.
It’s certainly no big scoop that supporters of a candidate believe their guy (or gal) is going to win. You hear the introductions at the party conventions: “The next president of the United States”… So, let’s account for that with these interviews.
As for the belief among some in the Republican Party that the system is “rigged” to favor Democrats, let’s dispel the myth that these are some unhinged rube “conspiracy theorists” who picked up that rumor down at the trailer park.
If you’re wondering why Democrats fight tooth-and-nail to prevent any reform of illegal immigration, going so far as to call anyone who opposes the practice bigots, nativists and xenophobes, look no further than how Democrat Party benefits from it in elections.
Research published in the journal Electoral Studies, and reported by The Washington Post, found that non-citizens vote in U.S. elections in numbers significant enough to sway elections. As the article reported:
Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.
What kind of numbers are we talking about here? Certainly far more than “31 cases out of a billion”:
More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
The Democratic Party not only tolerates illegal immigration to the country, it actively encourages it. Now, why is this relevant?
“Voter ID.” Raise the prospect of requiring American citizens to obtain proof of identity to vote in state elections and we’re immediately thrown back to the days of Jim Crow and poll taxes actually designed to keep African-Americans from voting.
It appears to be the case that African-Americans, Asians and Latinos tend to lack voter IDs more often than whites, but this is not sufficient evidence that a law is unfair or disproportionately harmful. There is a government remedy to the situation: Ensure all U.S. citizens who want to vote are able to obtain voter IDs, even at taxpayer expense.
Unfortunately, Democrats don’t want to hear this solution. South Carolina offered to pay for voter IDs for all citizens, and was met with outcry.
The concern for Democrats isn’t maintaining “free and fair elections,” but turning out the vote as much as possible. In fact, Hillary Clinton earlier this year proposed a massive expansion of voter registration for all Americans when they turn the age of 18.
As a Washington Post article puts it plainly, “nationwide mandatory voter registration would generally help Democrats.” Nationwide mandatory voter registration… but not voter IDs.
So, putting a mandatory requirement on all citizens is not burdensome when it suits the Democratic Party, but getting the same kind of ID used for driver’s licenses and accessing government services is a racist plot to suppress the vote. Get the picture yet?
Suffice it to say, a consistent 80% of Americans polled by Gallup support voter ID laws. Nonetheless, the courts are being tied up by liberal activists seeking to prevent more state voter ID laws from being enacted.
While some of the more fanciful tales of voter fraud that purportedly occurred in 2012 appear to be unfounded, it is true that Mitt Romney won in every state where photographic voter ID was required: Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Indiana. (In addition seven states had a form of voter ID, and Barack Obama won four of those.)
In 2016, there will be 14 states with new voter ID requirements, including strict photo ID: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
As long as it is possible for non-citizens to vote in U.S. elections, the system will be “rigged” in favor of Democrats. The way to “un-rig it” is to ensure as many Americans as possible who want to vote are provided with photo IDs and are free to vote in fair U.S. elections.