Since Republicans realize they can’t win elections based on their outdated (and often inhumane) policies, over the last few years they’ve taken to pushing the myth that “rampant voter fraud is a threat to our democracy.” That’s been the absurd argument Republican-controlled legislatures all over the country have used to support the strict voter ID laws we’ve seen passed in many states.
Though as studies have proven, not only is voter fraud practically non-existent, but these voter ID laws do nothing more than suppress the vote, largely among voting demographics that don’t typically vote for Republicans — in particular, among minorities.
Nevertheless, despite absolutely no evidence to support the idea that “rampant voter fraud” is taking place all across the country, millions of conservative voters believe that it is. In fact, it’s the right-wing devotion to this type of unfounded lunacy that empowered Donald Trump to declare that “millions and millions of people voted illegally” during last year’s election, which is supposedly why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
However, despite making this claim months ago, Trump hasn’t provided any evidence to support it. One would think that voter fraud on a scale he claims took place — a conspiracy that would span all 50 states, both parties, and literally include thousands of conspirators — would be easy to prove, yet he hasn’t provided a single piece of evidence.
Well, on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence’s Press Secretary sent out the following tweet:
— Marc Lotter (@VPPressSec) September 7, 2017
The Washington Times article linked claims that around 6,500 people in New Hampshire registered to vote on November 8th using out-of-state driver’s licenses, and since then most of them haven’t obtained an in-state license, nor registered a vehicle.
Break out the tinfoil hats, we’ve got a legitimate conspiracy on our hands!
Uh, no — we don’t.
First I’d like to point out that the New Hampshire state legislature and governor’s office are both controlled by Republicans. If Republicans actually believe thousands of people voted illegally in their state, there’s nothing stopping them from investigating that.
Then there’s always the simple common sense explanation for this “breaking discovery” that many of those roughly 6,500 voters from last year are students or people who simply don’t own a vehicle. There are any number of explanations why a person might not have updated their driver’s license yet or registered a vehicle since last year.
Though as I just pointed out, Republican lawmakers have the information of those 6,500 voters and could easily verify any information they feel is questionable.
Yet that didn’t stop Pence’s press secretary from spreading a ridiculous conspiracy about wide-spread voter fraud that even New Hampshire Republican National Committeeman Steve Dupey said was total nonsense.
But this is what the modern day GOP has become; an organization that’s now forced to push preposterous conspiracy theories because they know that the best, and really only, chance they have to keep power in our government is doing whatever they can to suppress the vote of those voters who typically don’t cast their ballots for Republicans.
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