VIce President Kamala Harris has been criticized for saying that some voter identification laws make rural voters “nearly impossible” to vote, with critics suggesting she did not believe rural citizens could afford to use the ballot box. a photocopier.
Election laws requiring voters to include a copy of their ID with their ballots threaten to exclude those who may not have access to a photocopier, Harris mentionned Friday.
“I don’t think we should underestimate what that might mean, because in the minds of some people that means, well, you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it to prove that you are who you are, “Harris said on BET when asked if voter identification laws were a way to deal with Republicans.
“There are a lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t – there is no Kinko, there is no Office Max near them,” Harris said. “People need to understand that when we talk about voter identification laws, be clear who you have in mind and what would be required of them to prove who they are. Of course, people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are. ”
Critics have suggested Harris doesn’t understand life in rural America.
“It reminds me that they made Kamala Harris, who only ever lived in cities, an emissary for rural Americans,” mentionned reporter Zaid Jilani.
It reminds me that they made Kamala Harris, who only ever lived in cities, an envoy to rural Americans. https://t.co/YErlc1kttT
– Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) July 10, 2021
“Kamala and her party believe that rural communities do not have cars, shops, stores, Internet, phones, computers, or mailboxes.” mentionned Conservative commentator Stephen Miller.
Kamala and her party believe that rural communities have no cars, shops, businesses, internet, phones, computers, mailboxes, or
– Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 10, 2021
“Rural Americans generally avoid photography. They are afraid that the magic camera box will steal their souls ” wrote Ricochet editor Jon Gabriel.
“Rural Americans generally avoid photography. They fear the magical camera body will steal their souls.” https://t.co/yF3CgQYKZV
– Jon Gabriel (@exjon) July 10, 2021
Republican-led states such as Georgia and Texas have passed amended rules that President Joe Biden and others have compared to the Jim Crow era. Harris referred pressure from Democrats to pass laws like “the fight for the life of our nation” in a speech Thursday.
House Democrats past the For the People Act in March, which would restrict voter identification requirements, rules Republicans generally support, and require states to register people to automatically vote and offer ballot boxes. Republicans criticized the bill as a nationalization of the electoral law and a violation of the Constitution.
Original author: Jeremy Beaman
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