In 1980, Republican activist Paul Weyrith gave a speech to a group of conservatives in which he said, “I don’t want everybody to vote” and “Our leverage in the elections goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
Republicans have taken his words to heart, and with funding from the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers and their front group, ALEC, Republican- controlled legislatures across the nation have passed or are trying to enact voter-suppression laws.
Let’s be clear: Voter fraud is “The Big Lie” dreamed up by those who know full well that their ideas and policies are not popular with a majority of Americans. George W. Bush discovered this was a Big Lie when he fanned U.S. attorneys out across the U.S., spent years and millions of our tax dollars to bring a grand total of 95 people to trial for federal election fraud.
Statistically, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than committing voter fraud.
These laws target the elderly, the young, students, minorities and the poor – groups that are more likely not to have government-issued ID and more likely to vote Democratic.
It is noteworthy that none of these laws are being pushed by Democratic-controlled state legislatures. This is because Democrats are confident that their ideas for good public policies will win wide support among a majority of Americans.
Voter-suppression laws are another loaded gun pointed directly at the beating heart of democracy and freedom.