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So much ‘Jim Crow’ voter suppression. And the lone outlier government — the recently Brexited UK — has proposed a new law to institute ID requirements at the polls, too. Via Real Clear Investigations , a further piece of support for why common-sense integrity measures like this, while angrily decried by American ‘progressives,’ are in fact widely popular among normal people. It’s beyond reasonable to ask voters to confirm their identity and eligibility prior to allowing them to cast a ballot.
Such commonplace provisions are the rule, not the exception among Western democracies: 46 of 47 European countries require photo identification to vote https://t.co/GyDwyStwu9 — Ryan Fazio (@ryanfazio) June 3, 2021
Democrats and much of the media are pushing to make permanent the extraordinary, pandemic-driven measures to relax voting rules during the 2020 elections – warning anew of racist voter “suppression” otherwise. Yet democracies in Europe and elsewhere tell a different story – of the benefits of stricter voter ID requirements after hard lessons learned.
A database on voting rules worldwide compiled by the Crime Prevention Research Center, which I run, shows that election integrity measures are widely accepted globally, and have often been adopted by countries after they’ve experienced fraud under looser voting regimes… Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe — a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy — all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote. As noted above, the one holdout is coming on board with the norm — inevitably leading to left-wing criticisms of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for supposedly being racist, suppressing the vote, etc.
Setting aside the fact that I’m not sure Johnson or his Conservative party are even hypothetically interested in limiting turnout at the moment, given their massive polling lead over Labour, these arguments are stale and don’t align with most voters’ intuitive sense of basic fair play. And for all the screaming about “suppression” here in the US, even supposedly “restrictive” states are more permissive in many key aspects than voting regimes in place around much of the democratized […]