Progressive AG Merrick Garland Slams ‘Unnecessary’ Voter ID

Progressive Attorney General Merrick Garland has described the efforts to secure U.S. elections, including voter identification laws, as “burdensome and unnecessary,” according to Red State.

Garland was speaking at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selam, AL, in commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” a day when civil rights protesters were brutally attacked by police in the area in 1965.

The AG used the occasion to accuse federal courts of undermining the 1965 Voting Rights Act by greenlighting various voting restrictions such as presenting identification at polling places.

In an attempt to justify making elections less secure, Garland said, “Since those decisions, there has been a dramatic increase in legislative measures that make it harder for millions of eligible voters to vote and to elect the representatives of their choice.”

He went on to claim, “Such measures threaten the foundation of our system of government.”

Democrats who share Garland’s sentiments are hard-pressed to show how voter ID laws make it “harder for millions of eligible voters to vote and to elect the representatives of their choice.”

People have to show an ID to open a bank account, purchase alcohol, go to an R-rated movie and do numerous other everyday activities. Garland’s argument makes no sense.
Yet the AG claimed, “The right to vote is still under attack.”

To combat the “attack,” Garland said the Department of Justice would be “challenging efforts by states and jurisdictions to implement discriminatory, burdensome and unnecessary restrictions on access to the ballot.”

The restrictions include “those related to mail-in voting, the use of drop boxes, and voter ID requirements … [and] working to block the adoption of discriminatory redistricting plans that dilute the vote of Black voters and other voters of color.”

Claiming that civil rights are under attack has been a favorite tactic of Democrats since the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Slow Joe Biden, a decade older than Garland, is not shy about using hyperbole when it comes to civil rights.

In an over-the-top 2021 speech, Biden said there is “an unfolding assault taking place in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote.”

“We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” he continued. “That’s not hyperbole, since the Civil War.”

Biden, of course, had it backward. It is hyperbole and secure elections are not a threat to democracy — just the opposite.

A 2021 Rasmussen Reports poll showed Biden was at odds with the population and a large majority of black voters were supportive of voter ID requirements.

“Majorities of whites (74%), blacks (69%) and other minorities (82%) say voters should be required to show photo identification before being allowed to vote,” Rasmussen noted. The poll indicated that 75% of those surveyed overall were in favor of voter identification laws.

Why, one might ask, are the Democrats like Garland against secure elections? What are they really afraid of?

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