Sunday’s Post recyled a 2012 liberal meme: that reasonable efforts to prevent voter fraud should stop … because they amount to vote suppression.
Common Cause’s Elena Nuñez claimed fraud prevention efforts “reduce … voter participation.”
Nuñez cleverly calls herself a rabblerouser on Twitter. Rousing the rabble is usually easier if they agree with you. In this case, however, Nuñez and most ordinary Americans have diverging views.
Most Americans, 57%, say a genuine interest in fair elections is why people support voter ID laws. Just 14% of Americans, however, say voter fraud is not a problem. On balance, then, Nuñez is peddling a line few believe. And more Americans think fraud is a greater problem than any potential for denying someone’s right to vote.
Nuñez, and those of her ilk, have a second problem. Colorado spent $850,000 last year on a voter registration drive, complete with TV ads in both Spanish and English. If someone wants to reduce voter participation, why would they spend money urging folks to register to vote?
These efforts worked in Colorado. Dividing total ballots cast (including some uncounted provisionals) by the US Census November citizen population, Colorado turnout grew from 72.1% to 73.2%. Nationwide, US Census reports citizen turnout dropped 1.8%; turnout guru Michael McDonald reported a turnout decline among eligible adults of 3.5% (and either steady turnout or a half percent decline in Colorado).
While national turnout was dropping, Colorado’s turnout grew.
Elena Nuñez must worship at the shrine of St. Earl Landgrebe who, defending Nixon, said “Don’t confuse me with the facts.”