The idea that voter ID laws are inherently racist is a claim that Democrats have pushed for quite some time. Left-wing activists have an established pattern of going on record and claiming that having to show ID to voters is a manifestation of Jim Crow in the modern era.
Republicans have largely pushed back against the false notion that requiring photo ID to vote is a form of racism. Likewise, Republicans note that this assertion wrongly implies that minorities are somehow less likely to be able to have photo ID. Identification is necessary to open a bank account, fly on an airplane, and even purchase a cell phone.
Right now, one of the biggest objectives of the Democrat Party is to get H.R. 1, the For the People Act, through the Senate. Therefore, Democrats are now beginning to walk back some of their anti-voter ID rhetoric, in the hopes of getting more Senate votes for H.R. 1.
A new attitude on voter ID requirements in America?
The number one objective of the Democrat Party right now is passing H.R. 1. However, H.R. 1 presently lacks the votes to pass through a Senate of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats. All Republicans oppose the legislation; meanwhile, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin maintains that he will not vote for H.R. 1 in its current form.
However, Manchin has suggested some changes. The West Virginia Democrat backs voter ID laws; however, he would like to see the forms of accepted voter ID expanded. For instance, under Manchin’s proposed changes, H.R. 1 would permit voter ID laws, yet allow other forms of documentation, such as a bill for utilities, to be accepted as a form of ID to vote.
Democrats on Manchin’s proposed changes
Interestingly enough, some of the same Democrats who previously vilified voter ID requirements as racist are now in favor of Manchin’s suggested changes.
Liberal activist Stacey Abrams, for instance, claims that she backs what Manchin proposed. On Thursday, Abrams also falsely claimed that Democrats are not opposed to voter ID; however, Abrams herself has previously gone on the record and asserted voter ID requirements as racist.
It appears that Democrats have come to the reality that H.R. 1 will not pass the Senate without some bipartisan support.