Cruz Brutalizes Anti-Voter ID Dems With One Question
During a hearing convened by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution, titled “Restoring the Voting Rights Act: Combating Discriminatory Abusesreview HR 4 Democrats failed to defend their stance. The argument is against requiring voter identification. Currently, 35 states require some form of identification to vote. All of which will proved free identification to citizens for voting purposes.
Still, Democrats argue that the law is racist and should be removed. The hearing is to determine if Democrats can force the Department of Justice to combat states that require identification.
When Texas Senator Ted Cruz asked if requiring identification was racist, Dems were thrown off. When forced to explain their reasoning, Democrats could not.
Franita Tolson, a vice-dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, was rather candid about Cruz’s home state of Texas.
“It depends. One thing we have to stop doing is treating all voter ID laws as the same,” Franita Tolson vice dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law said.
When Cruz pressed her, she said: “Apologies, Mr. Cruz, [in] your state of Texas, perhaps. … The fact that the voter ID law was put in place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent.”
The three Democrat witnesses—Tolson, Saenz, and Yang—generally agreed with Blumenthal’s characterization.
Hans von Spakovsky, the manager of the Heritage Foundation's Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow in Heritage's Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies said “no” to Cruz’s question about whether voter ID laws are racist. (The Heritage Foundation is the parent organization of The Daily Signal.)
Von Spakovsky specifically noted that the Obama administration’s Justice Department approved the Texas law.
“Particularly because every single state that has passed an ID law has put in a provision to provide a free ID to anyone who doesn’t have one,” von Spakovsky said, adding:
"The turnout numbers show it has no effect.
I would remind everyone that [as for] the current version of the Texas voter ID law for its in-person voting, the Obama administration agreed in court, in a court filing, that they were satisfied with it and it was not discriminatory."
Another witness for Dem, John Yang, said Voter ID laws can be racist." Yang is the president of the group Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, seemed to have more conviction with his answer but could not give a single example or explanation.
“There are some voter ID laws that are racially discriminatory in intent,” Saenz said.
Cruz followed up by saying: “Let’s just talk about it as a practical matter. When I go to vote, they ask me for my ID. I pull out my ID. I show it to them. I vote. Is that racist?”
“If the law that requires you to do that was motivated by racially discriminatory intent under our Constitution,” Saenz said, adding later: “In effect, I think there are discriminatory effects in a number of voter ID laws.”
IS VOTER ID RACIST?
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So the end result? Voter laws are racist because Democrats 'say so' based on feelings and not facts. None of the states accused of being racist for requiring identification at the polls have prevented voters from obtaining IDs. Even Democrats' own witness, Spakovsky, noted that the laws have zero impact on voter turnout.
So what's the argument?