For years now, Republicans across the country have been passing ever more restrictive laws requiring registered voters to show “approved” forms of identification before they can vote. In some states, you can only use a state-approved and issued ID card, which is only available at a few select locations and sometimes means a person has to arrange for transportation to and from the place issuing the cards. This can be an insurmountable problem for the elderly, the poor, and people of color, all of whom tend to vote Democratic.
Wisconsin passed one of the harshest voter ID laws last year, and it was quickly signed by GOP Governor Scott Walker, who then tried and failed to be a viable candidate for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination. Even though Walker had scads of money from the Koch brothers behind him, he quickly fizzled out and became a non-issue as Donald Trump began his stratospheric rise to front-runner status.
Of course, Republicans will never come right out and admit that they pass such voter ID laws to disenfranchise the blocs of voters who do not vote for them. They love to claim it’s about protecting the integrity and security of elections.
But last night, shortly after Ted Cruz had been announced as the winner of the Wisconsin primary — with considerable help from Governor Walker — GOP Congressman Glenn Grothman finally spoke the truth. And, thankfully, there was a camera and microphone handy to catch his comments. Grothman said:
“Well, I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up and now we have photo ID. I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”
Sure, because if you cannot win fair and square, then just cheat. Right, Congressman Grothman?
The GOP knows that demographic changes, which have been taking place in this country over decades, mean that they will soon become a permanent minority party, at the local, state, and national level. So they try to compensate for this fact with new laws, which systematically exclude the groups they cannot hope to win the votes of. They call it good legislation, mainly because it sounds so much better than calling what is really is: gaming the system.
Here’s Congressman Grothman telling the truth about voter ID laws:
This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.