Four years ago, Sharron Angle gave to Democrats the greatest gift they could have asked for in the campaign, assuring through her nomination that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would be re-elected. Now, Angle is about to prove that she is the gift that keeps on giving. Or so some opponents of voter ID would hope as Nevada, inevitably, becomes a focal point of the national, partisan battle over voter suppression laws. In the space of 24 hours, Angle announced her voter ID initiative and ex-Obama campaign grassroots guru Jeremy Bird declared that Nevada is one of four states his new group fighting such tactics will focus on. This is about 2014, but more about 2016. This is a partisan conflagration, as Republicans grow increasingly fearful of increasing minority participation while Democrats want to expand access, preferably to their voters. And this is an issue that no one in elective office or on the ballot should be able to avoid, especially if Angle qualifies her petition and Republican Secretary of State hopeful Barbara Cegavske, the state senator, continues to emphasize “the integrity of elections in Nevada.”
Voter ID is an incendiary issue that, like most political conflicts, loses any nuance in the volcanic spewing of rhetoric. But suffice to say that an attempt to suppress the votes of those they don’t think will vote for them generally is what motivates those pushing these policies while the reverse is true of those opposing them: They want to make sure they can maximize turnout by those who are likely to vote for them and who are more easily dissuaded by voter ID policies.
Angle’s initiative comes after she vowed to fight the mythical epidemic of voter fraud in America after her disastrous loss to Reid, in which she allowed a political corpse to become reanimated by her figuratively self-inflicted Second Amendment remedies. She later mused about potential fraud, which her acolytes seized on to justify her decisive loss by 41,000 votes.