Everyone from professional sports executives to airline CEOs seems to be weighing in these days about how, when, and under what conditions people should be permitted to cast ballots in the states where they do business, but despite their push to sow ever-deeper political division, a new survey reveals that there is actually a surprisingly high degree of consensus on at least one key issue in this realm.
According to Breitbart, a new AP/NORC poll released late last week indicates that a large majority of Americans support the concept of requiring voters to present valid photo identification before they exercise their franchise.
The study, conducted between March 25 and March 29 involved telephone interviews of 1,166 adult respondents and had a margin of error of +/- 3/6 percentage points, and it found that a whopping 72% of all those polled indicated support for some form of voter identification as a prerequisite for casting a ballot.
Notably, the issue did not prove to be the partisan wedge it is often characterized by the media to be, as 91% of Republican respondents backed voter ID requirements, while a healthy 56% of Democrats did as well.
Voter registration issues yielded slightly less agreement between the parties, with 60% of respondents indicating their belief that the process should be automatic whenever a state identification card or driver’s license is obtained. Just 47% of Republicans signed on to that proposition, while 76% of Democrats did.
Ease of access evidenced a bit of a split as well, and while 53% of those surveyed support affording an opportunity for same-day registration at polling places, just 38% of Republicans agreed, in contrast to the 60% of Democrats who were on board.
Despite the incessant drumbeat from the left arguing that voter ID requirements disproportionately harm low-income individuals, minorities, the disabled, and the elderly, research from the National Bureau of Economic Research last year discovered that between the years of 2008 and 2016, existing laws of this nature produced “no negative effect on registration or turnout overall for any specific group defined by race, gender, age or party affiliation.”
Nevertheless, woke corporations such as Delta Airlines, and Major League Baseball (MLB) have waded into the debate recently, with the latter buckling to a threatened activist boycott by pulling its All-Star game out of Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s new election integrity law that requires voter ID for absentee ballots, legislation that President Joe Biden called “an atrocity,” according to NBC News.
As Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) aptly pointed out on Twitter over the weekend, the same MLB bigwigs who believe the presentation of a photo ID is a bridge to far when it comes to electing our nation’s leaders are also the ones who require the same kind of verification before game tickets can be claimed at Will Call, rendering their objections a touch hypocritical, to say the least.