Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus repeated his party’s commitment to stronger voter identification laws, saying that the GOP would not give up the fight against voter fraud.
“I think that we need to make it easy to vote, hard to cheat, and I think that that’s a mantra that we ought to shout from the rooftops all over the country as a Party,” Priebus told conservative bloggers on a conference call on Thursday.
Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) Chairman David Norcross said that voter fraud issues were very real, despite complaints from liberals that it is largely a phantom problem. Cross cited several cases where states had found thousands of ineligible votes after elections were already over.
“Voter fraud is real, this is not anybody’s imagination,” Norcross said. “The Milwaukee police department reported some detailed fraud in the 2004 presidential election in Wisconsin. The Colorado Secretary of State found last year that 5,000 non-citizens voted in their Senate race, which was decided by a close margin. And probably all will remember Minnesota in 2008 when more ineligible voters were identified than the margin between the winning and losing Senate candidates.”
… Democrats are also making more of an issue out of voter I.D. laws, holding a Capitol Hill press conference on Friday to criticize Republican-led states that have strengthened I.D. laws as trying to suppress the minority vote.
“I guess they don’t think that we understand that they’re trying to keep poor people from voting, minorities from voting, the elderly from voting, students from voting, we are not stupid,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told CNSNews.com’s Nicholas Ballasy after the conference.
“We understand that this is by design,” said Fudge, adding that “when you go to every state that a Republican governor, where there’s a Republican governor, they are doing this across this country and we’re just not going to take it.”