Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped aboard the “voter suppression” express while in Texas on Friday, claiming that “Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.”
As proof of this outlandish charge, she cited several governors who have tightened voter rules and worked to keep voter rolls up to date.
She slammed former Texas governor Rick Perry for signing a voter photo ID law and for “applauding” the Supreme Court’s shelving the section of the Voting Rights Act that had put Texas and other Southern states for 50 years under special scrutiny.
She took a shot at Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for signing a law reining in the Badger State’s lax early voting to weekdays only from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
She smacked New Jersey governor Chris Christie for vetoing a law expanding early voting.
Finally, she excoriated former Florida governor Jeb Bush for pursuing a “deeply flawed” purge of the Sunshine State’s voter rolls before the 2000 election.
It’s tempting to dismiss all this as typical partisan jabs, since all of the governors she cited are Republicans who are potential opponents of hers in next year’s presidential election.
But who are the millions of “American citizens” who cannot vote? Any adult citizen can easily get a photo ID in states that require an ID to register or vote. States provide free IDs to those who can’t afford them. And a recent Rasmussen poll shows that nearly 8 out of 10 Americans, including a majority of Democrats, support photo ID laws.
Is Clinton talking about children under 18? If so, she’s right! They can’t vote until the Constitution is amended to lower the voting age again. Fourteen or fight?
Is she talking about the estimated 11 million to 20 million illegal aliens whom the Democrats want to naturalize as soon as possible so they can goose elections in every jurisdiction where English is a second language?
Maybe she’s talking about dead people. She did not qualify “American citizen” with “living.” And even though she served from 2001 to 2009 as a U.S. senator from New York and donned a Yankees hat while campaigning, Mrs. Clinton is from Illinois, land of Lincoln – and Chicago. That’s where the dead vote early and often. It must annoy her that other states take vote fraud quite seriously, with many even checking their databases against other states’ in the Interstate Crosscheck Program.
Anyway, to cure this terrible problem of millions being unable to vote, Mrs. Clinton wants a national law forcing all states to have at least 20 days of early voting and to register people automatically in every state when they turn 18.
People would have to “opt out” if they don’t want to be registered in Hillary’s system, which sounds like the forerunner for President Obama’s dream of mandatory voting.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, and other liberals rail against the simple, effective anti-fraud measure of voter photo ID laws.
It’s a curious combination: wanting millions more to vote but also wanting to block a definitive way to determine if they really are who they say they are.
Robert Knight is a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union.