DNC Chair Compares Voter ID To Jim Crow
Voter ID laws in the United States have been deemed
necessary, and received constitutional approval by sources such as the United
States Supreme Court and the bi-partisan Baker-Carter Commission. In Crawford
vs. Marion County Board of Elections, the Supreme Court stated:
The electoral system cannot
inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to
confirm the identity of voters.
Photo identification cards currently are needed to board a plane, enter
federal buildings, and cash a check. Voting is equally as important.
Additionally, the bi-partisan Baker-Carter Commission said:
the United States, where 40 million people move each year, and in urban areas
where some people do not even know the people living in their own apartment
building let alone in their precinct, some form of identification is needed.
this does not seem to be the view of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman
Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In an interview from the “Washington Watch” program,
Ms. Wasserman Schultz said:
[N]ow you have the
Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim
Crow laws and literally - and very transparently - block access to
the polls to voters who are more likely to vote Democratic candidates
than Republican candidates. And it's nothing short of that blatant.
This is ironic coming from the
Democratic National Committee’s chairwoman. When, in 2000, during the Florida
recount, Democratic Presidential nominee Al Gore tried to exclude
thousands of military votes due to hyper technicalities. Vice President Gore
even received criticism from his Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Joseph
Now, Ms. Wasserman Schultz is
accusing Republicans of disenfranchisement of minority voters, drawing a
comparison to Jim Crow laws as strong rhetoric to back up her claims. However,
RNC chairman Rence Priebus issued a response, saying:
At the end of the day, this
common-sense reform is not partisan but practical. It would instill a simple
means by which to further promote and preserve the integrity of our electoral
system and the democratic foundation upon which this country was founded. And
the act of doing so should not be demeaned or relegated to a Republican or
Democratic issue; it should be a priority embraced by all Americans.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz has used inflammatory
language for policies that have passed constitutional muster through the eyes
of not only the Supreme Court in an opinion written by its then most liberal
member, but a former Democrat and liberal President and many others on a
nonpartisan basis. Voter ID laws are being passed in states to ensure voter
integrity and prevent voter fraud. If Ms. Wasserman Schultz would drop the
attacks and view this as a non-partisan issue, she would see that.