WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats, searching for any way forward on legislation to protect voting rights, find themselves softening their once-firm opposition to a form of restriction on the franchise that they had long warned would be Exhibit A for voter suppression: voter identification laws.
As such laws were first cropping up decades ago, Democrats fought them tooth and nail, insisting that they would be an impossible barrier to scale for the nation’s most vulnerable voters, especially older people and people of color.
But in recent years, as the concept of voter identification has become broadly popular, the idea that voters bring some form of ID to the polls has been accepted by Democrats ranging from Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia on the center-right to Stacey Abrams of Georgia, a hero of the left.
“What I get concerned about is when you say gun licenses are OK, when a student ID is not.
Then I think any reasonable person has to ask, ‘Well, what’s that game?’”
Joe Manchin III, West, Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock, Ms, Abrams
WASHINGTON, Congressional, Democratic
West Virginia, Georgia