New Polls Are BAD News For Democrats And Their Election Reform Bill — Voters Don’t Like It

Written by K. Walker on March 21, 2021

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It looks like “We The People” aren’t so keen on the “For The People Act.”

Some on the right side of the aisle have said that the Democrats’ election reform bill, known as the “For The People Act” was inappropriately named.

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) went a wee bit further saying that the voting expansion bill is “as if written in hell by the devil himself.”

The bill is the first one tabled in the House and therefore bears the distinction of H.R. 1. It was passed in a 220-210 party-line vote in the House and is now headed to the Senate as S.1.

ClashDaily posted a very spicy critique of H.R. 1 here:

LMAO: Rowdy Rant Rips Pelosi’s Anti-Constitutional HR1 To Ribbons … REAL Talk On Election Reform (VIDEO)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been beclowning itself pretty consistently lately, has a “fact sheet” on opposing voter I.D. legislation.

Stacey Abrams — who has still not conceded the 2018 Governor’s race in Georgia — is apparently not on the same page as the vast majority of Americans.

Abrams is lauded in Democrat circles and in the corporate media (but I repeat myself) for pushing for “electoral reform” in the form of automatic voter registration, mail-in ballots, and insists that voter I.D. laws and signature verification are racist. She has called Georgia’s bill to shore up election integrity a “redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie” and the Republicans backing the bill as “domestic enemies” with nary a raise of an eyebrow from the corporate media.

Instead, Abrams continues to fail upwards and is a bright light as a thought-leader in the Democratic Party despite having lost in 2018 and embarrassingly pushing herself forward as a possible Vice Presidential choice for Joe Biden.

Abrams is relevant to this because she has openly called for the Senate to create a procedural exemption for bills that are for the “protection of democracy” to bypass the filibuster rule. 

There is now pressure on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to relax his position on his opposition to eliminating the filibuster in order to pass S.1 on a strict party-line vote.

It seems that the Democrats, Abrams, and the ACLU aren’t just on a different page as the American people, they’re in a whole other book.

Two recent polls show that the vast majority of Americans not only support photo I.D. in order to cast a ballot, but that voter I.D. laws actually boost their confidence in the electoral system.

A Rasmussen Reports survey conducted on March 14-15 shows that 75% of likely U.S. voters think that people should have to show a valid government-issued I.D. such as a driver’s license in order to cast a ballot.

Support for voter ID laws has actually increased since 2018, when 67% said voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote.

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans support voter ID requirements, as do 60% of Democrats and 77% of voters not affiliated with either major party…

Democrats have claimed that voter ID laws discriminate against black voters and other minorities, but voters reject that claim by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Sixty percent (60%) say laws requiring photo identification at the polls don’t discriminate, while 31% say voter ID laws do discriminate. Ten percent said they are not sure.

A majority of Democrats (51%) say voter ID laws are discriminatory, while 79% of Republicans and 67% of unaffiliated voters say requiring identification at the polls is not discriminatory.

Majorities of whites (74%), blacks (69%) and other minorities (82%) say voters should be required to show photo identification before being allowed to vote. Voters under 40 support voter ID laws more than do older voters.

Voters who strongly approve of Joe Biden’s job performance as president were most likely to say voter ID laws are discriminatory.
Source: Rasmussen Reports

A second, unaffiliated poll conducted between March 12-15 by FreedomWorks/Scott Rasmussen showed that 85% of registered voters said it is “common sense” to require photo identification to get a ballot.

But even more, 72% told FreedomWorks that photo ID laws boost their confidence in elections, and 52% believe it would reduce fraud.

The new legislation, supported only by Democrats when it passed the House recently, would let voters in states that require a photo ID to vote to present a sworn statement confirming their identity. Republicans believe that opens the door to fraud, and Democrats said it would reduce discrimination.

In the new survey, voters also rejected many of the liberal mail-in ballot elements of H.R. 1 and S.1, notably mass ballot mail-outs and a provision to count ballots 10 days after Election Day.

For example, 73% said ballots should arrive at election offices by Election Day. Some 63% said ballots should be mailed only to those who request them, not every state voter.

The survey also showed that many remain either unclear or unaware of the legislation that was swiftly pushed through the House and that critics fear could layer federal rules on elections that states run.

“The more the people learn out about H.R.1, the more they strongly oppose it. Democrats have the nerve to say that their election overhaul bill is ‘for the people,’ but if this polling tells us anything, it’s that this bill wasn’t written with much input from the people at all,” said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen added, “America’s system of voting and elections is facing a serious credibility crisis: most voters, from across the political spectrum, trust the process only when their team wins. Legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives would make the situation even worse. By preventing states from requiring photo ID, H.R. 1 brazenly ignores the reality that 85% of voters consider such a requirement to be commonsense reform. Even more, it ignores the fact that most voters believe banning such requirements would increase fraud and decrease confidence in elections.”
Source: Washington Examiner

Here are some of the highlights from the survery:

Voters from both sides of the aisle have been concerned about election integrity. On the left, there were concerns of “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election, and on the right, widespread changes made to voting laws due to the pandemic caused concern over voter fraud.

Brandon says that at this very divided time, “We need to come together and agree on a forward-looking path to strengthen election integrity and security. H.R. 1, unfortunately, ignores much of the established consensus agreed upon by American voters.”

Democrats are out of step with American voters but are pushing forward their agenda anyway.

Maybe that’s why they had to hide behind walls, fences, razor wire, and thousands of National Guard troops.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll