RALEIGH – A few election integrity bills are working their way through the N.C. General Assembly, serving as fodder for Democrats to cry about the return of Jim Crow era voter suppression. The ludicrous charges are belied by the facts, of course, and Republican state lawmakers are hitting back after Democrats held a press conference to smear election requirements supported by most North Carolinians.
From the Office of Senator Warren Daniel (R-Burke):
“Senate Democrats today staged an illogical and baseless press conference that adopted the theatrics used by far-left activists in other states.
Recent polling, conducted by Cygnal on behalf of the John Locke Foundation, shows startling percentages of voters across all ideologies question whether the 2022 election will be “free and fair.” (The website 538, which rates pollsters, gives Cygnal a B+ and reports the pollster has a slight Democratic bias.)
According to the poll, 60% of Republicans, 43% of unaffiliated voters, and 20% of Democratic voters do not “believe that next year’s elections in North Carolina will be free and fair.”
The proposed bills that Democrats oppose seek to address dangerously low voter confidence and ameliorate complaints from Democrats that free voter ID cards are difficult to access because voters must leave their homes to obtain them.
Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke) said, “It’s rich to be lectured on elections claims by Democrats after their own candidate, Hillary Clinton, said the 2016 election was ‘illegitimate’ and that former President Trump ‘knows’ he stole it.
“These hysterics are over an Election Day deadline policy that’s identical to policies in 28 other states, including many Democrat-run states like President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware. They don’t want to talk about that because their goal is to muddy the waters over an eminently reasonable policy that was the law of North Carolina until 2010.
“And how Democrats can oppose a mobile unit to deliver free ID cards to people in their homes is beyond me. Democrats have complained for two years that it’s too hard for voters to leave their homes to get an ID, and they now oppose a policy that addresses their own complaint.” […]”
Obviously, there is no shortage of hypocrisy from the Left on these issues. Unfortunately, the Left also has no issue whatsoever with spinning fake and incendiary narratives about voter suppression, and that’s exactly what they are doing here.
It does not happen in a vacuum, either, as Sen. Daniel alludes to in his comments. North Carolina Democrats are merely reading from the designated national playbook, to which all Democrats adhere or risk falling out of step with the increasingly radical movement.