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The vast majority of Americans favor requiring people to present valid photo identification in order to cast a ballot, according to a new survey released Friday, even as congressional Republicans say Democrats are working to undermine election integrity nationwide.
The AP-NORC found that nearly three-quarters — 72 percent — of those surveyed said photo IDs are a good idea, and that’s a bipartisan finding, by the way.
Breitbart News reports:
The poll shows public support for voter reform on both sides of the aisle. Seventy-two percent of those polled supported some sort of voter identification requirements. Ninety-one percent of Republicans backed requiring all voters to provide photo ID in order to vote. Fifty-six percent of Democrats said the same.
The poll also found an overall 60 percent of Americans think adults should automatically be registered to vote when they get their driver’s license or any state identification card. Forty-seven percent of Republicans and a majority (76 percent) of Democrats wanted to see this happen across the country.
“In October 2020 leading up to the presidential election, more Americans were concerned about a lack of access to the polls for eligible voters than they were about voter fraud. However, concern about voter fraud has rebounded again,” said an AP-NORC press release reporting on the survey’s findings.
“Forty-six percent of Americans say people who are eligible not being allowed to vote is a major problem and 40% think that people voting who are not eligible is a major problem. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say people who are eligible not being allowed to vote is a major problem (62% vs. 30%) while Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say people voting who are not eligible is a major problem (63% vs. 19%),” the press release continued.
There is also broad bipartisan fears over partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, with 67 percent saying that they believe it’s a major problem. That stat includes 74 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans, along with 67 percent of registered Independents.
The survey comes amid the Democrat-controlled House’s passage of H.R. 1, the misnamed “For The People Act,” which GOP critics say will essentially federalize all elections and dramatically reverse election integrity efforts already in place or those being planned and passed by states.
It also comes as Georgia passed its own voter ID and integrity law, which has drawn major backlash from left-wing groups and prominent Democrats including Joe Biden and Barack Obama, both of whom have likened it to a return to “Jim Crow.”
The law has also led to major pushback from corporations and at least one pro sports organization, Major League Baseball, which announced it was pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta over false claims the law unfairly restricts voting access for minorities.
But Georgia’s GOP governor, Brian Kemp, is staunchly defending the law, vowing not to relent to the pressure campaign and boycott threats.
“Free and fair elections are the foundation of who we are as a state and a nation. Secure, accessible, fair elections are worth the threats, they are worth the boycotts, as well as the lawsuits,” Kemp told reporters during a press conference on Saturday.
“I want to be clear. I will not be backing down from this fight and neither are the people who are here with me today.”
He went on to single out the MLB, whose decision to pull the All-Star Game will cost Atlanta north of $100 million in revenue — with an untold number of black businesses hurt in the process.
“[The] Major League Baseball caved to fear and lies from liberal activists. They ignored the facts of our new Election Integrity Law and they ignored the consequences of their decision on our local community,” Kemp said.
“In the middle of a pandemic, Major League Baseball put the wishes of Stacey Abrams and Joe Biden ahead of the economic wellbeing of hard-working Georgians who were counting on the all-star game for a paycheck.”