The Myth of Voter Suppression

May 15, 2019

By John McClaughry

Last week Jason Riley, a young black columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote “It has long been an article of faith on the political left that Republicans win elections by disenfranchising certain voting blocs. We are told that requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places not only depresses minority turnout but is tantamount to racial discrimination. The evidence challenging these assumptions gets stronger with every passing election, but Democrats and most of the political press don’t seem to have noticed.”

“Two weeks ago the Census Bureau released a report on voter turnout in 2018, which climbed 11 percentage points from the last midterm election, in 2014, and surpassed 50% for the first time since 1982. Moreover, the increased turnout was largely driven by the same minority voters Democrats claim are being disenfranchised. Black turnout grew around 27%, and Hispanic turnout increased about 50%.”

“None of this comes as news to anyone who pays attention to facts instead of inflammatory rhetoric. The black voter turnout rate has grown steadily since the 1990s. This has occurred notwithstanding an increase in state voter-ID requirements over the same period.”

“In a 2016 Gallup poll, voter-ID laws were supported by 4 in 5 respondents, including 95% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats, 81% of whites and 77% of nonwhites.”

“The Democrats’ real fear is that people will vote their pocketbooks. Under Mr. Trump, working-class minorities have experienced generational lows in unemployment.”

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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jim May 18, 2019 at 1:04 pm

John,, I too read Jason’s column. He sure pricks the sore loosers’ balloon. Even of greater interest is the highh level of support among minorities for voter the ID requirement, and the high level of minority participation where the requirement is in place.

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