Strong Majority of Virginia Voters, Democrat and GOP, Support Voter I.D.

Megan Williams | November 9, 2021 | 3:58pm EST
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(CNS News) -- Eighty-one percent of Virginia voters believe a photo ID should be required for someone to vote, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

Scott Rasmussen conducted a survey of 500 Virginian voters on election night last week, asking them a range of policy questions. Among the 81% that support voter ID, Rasmussen found that 94% of Glenn Youngkin voters and 66% of Terry McAuliffe voters support ID laws.

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“What the Rasmussen Poll crystalizes is how overwhelmingly popular commonsense election integrity measures like voter ID are to wide swaths of the electorate,” said Jason Snead, the executive director of the Honest Elections Project. “Youngkin won nearly 51% of the vote in Virginia and yet 81% of those who voted support the state requiring photo ID to vote.”

This poll follows a study published in March by the Honest Elections Project, a non-partisan group advocating for the establishment of fair elections. The group surveyed 1,200 registered voters nationwide to find their opinions on election reform.

According to the study, 64% of voters want to strengthen voting safeguards to prevent fraud. A majority of black voters (51%) and Hispanic voters (66%) also desire stricter voting laws.

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Snead sent a memo to members of Congress informing them of the results and the impact they should have on the future of H.R.1, the For the People voting bill.

“The top priority of election reform must be to restore public trust in our electoral system, but the voices of regular voters are too often ignored or drowned out by activists advancing their own agendas,” Snead wrote. “The results show that, overwhelmingly, voters want stronger safeguards and ballot protections.”

Despite these data, the H.R.1 bill attempts to remove states' authority from enacting voting laws aimed at increasing election integrity. The 886-page bill extends COVID-19 voting provisions, such as mail-in ballots, early voting, and online voter registration.

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The legislation has been championed by Democrat politicians who claim voter ID laws and other such enforcements are the new Jim Crow, designed to disenfranchise minority communities.

"We are witnessing right now a massive and unabashed assault on voting rights unlike anything we’ve ever seen since the Jim Crow era. This is Jim Crow in new clothes,” Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) said in his first speech on the Senate floor.

Snead described such rhetoric as “misleading” in his memo because the majority of voters in every political party support election-safeguarding measures that Democrat politicians denounce.

“Liberal activists and politicians reflexively attack any policy they disagree with—voter ID laws and ballot trafficking bans, for instance—as “voter suppression,” and have created a misleading narrative,” Snead wrote. “In reality, these are the very policies that most voters want, including moderates and liberals, low-income, and minority voters.”

H.R.1 passed in the House, despite every Republican member voting against it. The bill has been waiting a vote in the Senate since March of this year.

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