The contentious issue of enacting Voter ID laws across the nation has drawn strong opinions from supporters and opponents as the Right wishes to enact these laws to prevent voter fraud and protect the rights of legal voters, while liberals claim any ID enforcement at the polls is an act of voter suppression. But the Left has taken a turn for the ugly as liberal reporters at the Nation have targeted the non-partisan, voter protection group True the Vote , decrying them as an establishment that “intimidates voters” by “hovering over their shoulders” in Black and Latino districts in an attempt to suppress Democratic votes.
In an online Voter ID chat open to the public, three reporters at the Nation spoke to a group of roughly 60 people in a hyper-partisan, liberal-talking point infused forum where the Right was demonized time and again for their efforts to enact or enforce Voter ID laws. Statements like “the RNC is outsourcing voter intimidation” were commonplace in the progressive echo chamber.
The reporters, particularly Brentin Mock slammed True the Vote, stating, “they developed their reputation and notoriety [in Houston, TX] for having an intimidating presence in majority African American and Latino districts… they expanded their network to join with a number of extreme, far Right wing groups – groups that do not have people of color in mind.” He went on to accuse True the Vote of” show[ing] up in predominantly Black and Latino polls and basically hover over their shoulders and intimidate voters trying to exercise their right to vote.”
According to its website, True the Vote is a “citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to our elections,” that wishes to “protect the rights of legitimate voters regardless of their political party affiliation.” Its mission is to “restore integrity to the American system of electing its leaders” via training volunteers to work as election observers or “monitors” and expose fraudulent reports and “validate existing registration lists” and programs.
Logan Churchwell, Public Relations Director for True the Vote fired back at the comments made by the liberal reporters. “This is yet another futile attempt to stereotype a movement made up of thousands of Americans, many of whom are retired teachers and veterans, as something to be afraid of,” Churchwell told Red Alert. “Our national network of volunteer poll watchers are armed with notepads and smiles, not nightsticks and snarls. Accusations of intimidation have proven to be illogical and without any objective evidence. Although repetition of falsehoods in the press has a tendency to shape conventional wisdom, the attempts by Mr. Berman and his ilk are only showing a diminishing rate of return. A growing majority of Americans demand election integrity through a variety of measures. True the Vote stands ready to help deliver, despite the needless nail-biting of 50 people chatting on a webcam.”
But this isn’t the first time True the Vote has been a target of the Nation. Ari Berman, one of the reporters present in the chat and the one Churchwell refers to in the quote above, compared True the Vote to favorite liberal punching bag ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, at the progressive Campus Progress National Conference last month. Someone asked a question about where liberals should now focus their efforts, since ALEC has, in their minds, been successfully disabled. Berman’s response: True the Vote.
However, True the Vote is nothing like ALEC – ALEC lobbies for legislation, while True The Vote trains poll workers and attempts to eradicate voter fraud, without the use of lobbying efforts.
Furthermore, the Left is losing the battle on Voter ID as the Department of Justice just sided with those in favor of protecting legitimate voters by approving the new Virginia Voter ID law which the DOJ agrees does not discriminate against any one person or group.
The Left can’t win the debate on Voter ID laws so they have resorted to baseless attacks against those trying to make a difference and protect the integrity of every vote cast in the United States.