Riley Dennis, a left-wing YouTuber, explained why she believes certain groups of people are less capable of obtaining a government-issued ID than others, declaring that voter ID laws disproportionately affect people of color, poor people, and the elderly. According to Riley, requiring an ID to vote is a form of “voter suppression” and goes against “everything a democracy should stand for.” Apparently, in Riley’s world, potential widespread voter fraud is compatible in a democracy (note: The United States is a constitutional republic, not a direct democracy).
To support her argument, Riley claims that government-issued IDs are too expensive, suggesting that they most negatively impact people of color because, with the exception of Asian-Americans, earn less money than non-Hispanic whites, on average. In addition, Riley argues that Americans living in rural areas do not have easy access to government offices and voter ID laws hurt Americans with disabilities, declaring that they lack the accessibility to obtain an ID.
However, an ID is needed to purchase alcohol, buy cigarettes, open a bank account, apply for a job, apply for social programs, buy or rent a house, purchase a gun, and fly on an airplane. Yet, neither the cost of an ID nor the lack accessibility to obtain an ID deter people from participating in any of those activities, regardless of their race or ability status. It appears that Democrats are against voter ID laws because voter fraud, more often than not, helps them at the ballot box.
The rest of Riley’s video consists of individual allegations of voter suppression. However, public policy should be based on what best benefits the American people, not outliers and sob stories.
Watch Riley explain why she believes people of color, poor people, and the elderly are less capable of obtaining a valid ID below!
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