Could voter identification laws impact the general election?
How both parties are reacting to these changes
- Duration 6:15
- Date May 3, 2012
How both parties are reacting to these changes
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-- and the fox news live talking about voter ID and and voter fraud issues and and Joshua just talked about.
The Texas case.
We just had an hour about this and one of the issues was that we've got the DOJ -- -- but circumstantial evidence they claim.
Trying to target that that the Texas legislature targeted.
My RS Hispanics as it -- slightly -- I mean did.
Do you buy that at all I don't actually.
Texas is is very close to being political majority minority states not quite there yet but -- likely an effect it will have a Hispanic plurality if -- -- security.
I don't see if kind of evidence that one or the other is particularly -- to suppress the Hispanic vote different when -- back -- the try to do and so.
The party that wins is going to be upon that you'll probably suppresses.
-- -- And as with so pass -- -- -- has asked the question -- seems to -- an odd place to launch this.
Legal investigation from the part of the Obama administration because they're not gonna take Texas anyway right so is it hurt that I mean.
Is this to show that Hispanics.
Certain degree of solidarity that they're doing this as a -- he said -- thirty states have their mean -- why don't they go after state where they.
You know could hope to influence the balance of -- Well difficult to read the minds of the Obama administration at a particular type of your -- time however you know I I would think if there's not a lot of political cost about and and going after -- policy.
Forces the policy in another statement might and be perhaps more -- it.
They started with South Carolina.
Then went to Texas and other thoughts that maybe to go to Virginia where the governor there is now weighing whether or not to sign a voter ideal law.
Interviewed the Nikki Haley.
Recently and this is fascinating because you talk about getting an ID people so we need one person who fed you need one.
To higher -- this building you gonna coming to -- an office building -- So I asked a symbol.
In what about the argument that that you know you can understand some people don't have the photo ID and and I have a driver's license.
And why should they then -- take it upon themselves to go to a government office to get this done on their own time.
When they may be working and she said look.
We have five million people -- in South Carolina we offer this for free and how many people took us up on the offer.
23 my cash -- -- 28 points or two dozen people.
Basically took the stand up on the offer and you know what they did they send fans to these people to pick -- -- Get the picture taking get their ID and get it taken care of -- in the other hand.
You have the opponents saying that it's it's an onerous burden.
And do you think it's onerous burden and what would you say to the people who say it is -- -- -- and and we have to do show up and should give us.
I mean I concur with the with the voting majorities and and the super majority of states at this point I don't think is another's burdens on our expert -- I didn't do Orangemen activities and I don't think about things to food different.
Especially in states like South Carolina where it is.
Almost handed to you very.
And it was -- interestingly this is the fact that you know we need a voter ID in South Carolina.
You can vote by absentee ballot you -- -- -- -- you have to watch what how I sat very difficult for me it you know that voting is a privilege it is a privilege that comes -- being.
The citizens United States and you -- I think it's worth a little effort to take advantage of that privilege right so I don't know I think this is a manufactured.
And I'm I'm obviously out of step because I think everyone.
You know who wants to vote can can do it.
It's always been the prerogative of the states to determine -- the eligible voters are within those states and that's very good Federalist.
But it wasn't that we are doing here there was also a bright and I think it was a -- thing about this argument is the fact that.
It you -- in New York you go in and you can just sign -- you know we found evidence is someone who voted twice voted by absentee ballot in one county in voted on Election Day.
Your New York nothing's nothing's happening I think that's very easy to actually write -- Well theoretically it was an and I found it and their board of elections like was your to a pharmacist your paperwork and that was we haven't heard from them since you caught up they don't -- -- -- -- I don't think they really wanna know that they've won that we -- when we find this stuff out and they don't know.
Thirty states we think will happen at the very end I mean this is this is it becoming a huge political issue and do you think then it will heat up more in November.
As we get to closest friend I think every issue including this one's gonna hear more from November it's very difficult for me to pursue resolution of this at any time for the election.
And the fall and both sides are we blaming each other and claiming that -- once one is they're trying to exclude people that -- that they're trying to do.
Like myself who -- different we we may have to wait some of your personal stance of the pitfalls our top and one final question why don't we have like a national system.
Of some sort like some countries have.
Wait -- and founder of -- interviewed him he goes we should have a national system.
-- -- like you know what maybe -- one thing that.
Could agree with that mr.
happy about I would because there's what where we are a union fifty Sovereign States and -- properly state runs its election system admittedly with DOJ oversight for a very valid historical reasons.
Nevertheless we ought to adhere to the system was set up as much as possible to preserve what's left -- federal.
The United States are of America it is integrating into that state elections -- I mean certainly for state elections that's good argument but if it's a national election.
You know there I mean it is an interesting question with you could -- divorces two things well received a presidential elections is -- really a collection of electors from that -- together and as you -- there.
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