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Political Editors / March 24, 2021

In Brief: ID for Vaccines, but Not Voting?

Democrats’ objection to voter ID laws is an objection to common sense.

Democrats have long contended that requiring ID for voting equates to voter suppression, yet they have no problem requiring IDs for just about everything else — including for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Veteran political analyst John Fund recently observed this brazen political double standard and how the self-proclaimed “fact-checker” Snopes dubiously sought to cover for Democrat hypocrisy.

Fund notes that requiring an ID for voting is supported by the vast majority of Americans.

The vast majority of Americans agree. In a poll taken last month by Scott Rasmussen, adults opposed — by 64 percent to 30 percent — Democratic attempts in their H.R. 1 election bill to effectively nullify state laws requiring photo ID. Every key demographic group supported photo ID, including African Americans, who split 50 percent to 41 percent in favor. Other polls have shown margins in favor of ID that are equal to or greater than Rasmussen’s numbers.

Yet Democrats continue to push the false narrative that voter ID equals voter suppression specifically targeting black voters.

Eric Holder, President Obama’s attorney general, went so far as to claim in 2012 that “recent studies indicate that 25 percent of African American voting-age citizens, lack a government-issued photo ID.” He vowed that his department wouldn’t allow ID laws to “disenfranchise” voters.

Such a claim is in reality amazingly racist.

It is both preposterous and patronizing to assert that one out of four African Americans lacks a photo ID when such a document is essential for so many things in life — from signing up for Medicare to cashing a check to entering the federal building where Holder used to work.

Also absurd are claims that vaccine access, unlike voting, is not a constitutional right and therefore different. The Supreme Court has ruled that buying a gun is a Second Amendment right, but you need a photo ID to do it. The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional civil right. But almost every jurisdiction in the country requires those seeking marriage — of whatever kind — to present a valid ID.

The real reason behind the Democrats’ objection to voter ID laws is that they help to thwart voter fraud.

Sometimes Democrats let what they really think slip. Project Veritas, the guerrilla filmmaking group headed by James O'Keefe, has routinely captured Democrats on camera admitting they know about extensive voter fraud.

Fund concludes that objecting to voter ID is in reality an objection to common sense.

As much as Democrats claim that Americans shouldn’t have to show ID as part of voting, reality and common sense keep intruding on their argument. I’m glad that something as valuable as getting a life-saving vaccine required me to show my ID. Why shouldn’t the valuable gold of democracy — ballots — receive at least as much protection?

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