The League of Women Voters claims the election of Donald Trump for president was rigged because states enforced their voter ID laws.
“We are not talking about vigilante voter intimidation,” Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, said in a statement. “We are talking about official, legal voter suppression by state legislatures and election officials.”
Carson said, “We recognize the importance of a peaceful transfer of power as a hallmark of a functioning democracy, and we recognize that we have one of the best election systems and democracies in the world, but we also need to say it out loud: This election was rigged. And it needs to stop.”
Carson accused Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach for “engaging in an effort” to draft laws that would require “restrictive documentary proof of citizenship” to register to vote by mail and at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“Despite defeats in federal and state courts, Kobach still pushed to keep eligible citizens from voting,” Carson said.
Sixteen states require have voter ID laws, and another 15 states permit voters to show some other form of ID. Nineteen states and Washington, D.C. have no ID mandate.
Despite the last-minute attempt to use the voter ID issue as a reason to claim that Hillary Clinton may have conceded too early because her voters were suppressed at the polls, 80 percent of Americans, according to Gallup, support showing a form of legal identification to prove one is eligible to vote for president of the United States.
Even Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, in an email that was reportedly hacked and later posted on WikiLeaks, admitted to his colleagues that support for voter ID was popular with the American public and the best way to handle it from a Democratic Party perspective is to co-opt it.
Podesta told Democratic pollster Joel Benenson that the campaign “should think of high-tech solutions (i.e., everyone is issued a voter card with a chip when they turn 18) that embrace some form of universal citizen [sic] I’d linked [sic] to automatic registration.”
He also stated, “If you show up on Election Day with a driver’s license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in federal elections.”