by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Democrats can bellow all they want about how hard it is to vote in this country, and they can continue to file lawsuits claiming that election integrity efforts are really about keeping people away from the polls. Fact is, election integrity efforts are about making sure that every legally cast vote counts – and that those who would try to cheat have a tougher time making their mischief and disenfranchising legal voters.
As our president might put it, the ‘too hard to vote’ narrative is a bunch of malarkey. Barely a majority of Democrats believe it — 54% – and just 33% of all U.S. adults buy the con. From Morning Consult’s new poll of U.S. adults comes the evidence.
Note that 44% of adults think voting rules “are not strict enough to prevent votes from being cast illegally.”
To summarize: a substantially greater percentage of U.S. adults believe voting rules are not strict enough to prevent illegal votes,
rather than too strict.
What you hear from Democrats about voting laws is raw politics meant to inflame and divide. Nothing more. And the American people don’t buy it.
In North Carolina, we know that likely 2022 voters are incredibly concerned about voter integrity. The March Civitas Poll told the story (emphasis is mine):
Fewer than half of likely North Carolina voters — 49% — believe next year’s elections in North Carolina will be free and fair, with a full 40% saying no, the 2022 elections won’t be free and fair. The remaining 11% were unsure. A new Civitas Poll released Thursday reveals the stunning level of distrust as we head into a new election cycle.
Unsurprisingly, Republicans communicated significantly more skepticism about 2022 election security than Democrats, with only 27% of registered Republicans stating their confidence in the election while 73% of Democrats expressed certainty. Unaffiliated voters were split on this question, with 45% saying they believe 2022 elections will be free and fair. Some 43% say they do not believe the elections will be free and fair.
Also a big concern in North Carolina? Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a collusive lawsuit settlement bill. As Locke’s elections expert, Andy Jackson, noted about the veto and the problem we face:
North Carolina already has a law that gives legislative leaders the authority to intervene as defendants in lawsuits over the North Carolina Constitution or laws passed by the General Assembly. They were intervening defendants in the lawsuit between Elias and the SBE. The problem is that the judge in the case chose to cut them out of the settlement process. Senate Bill 360 was designed to close that loophole in the law. Until that loophole is closed, the executive branch can continue to use collusive settlements to essentially rewrite laws in violation of the separation of powers on which our constitutional order rests.
Stay tuned. This is the real fight. Be armed with the facts the next time the Left huffs and puffs about voting laws and reforms being meant to exclude.