European countries are known to be very liberal so when the Democrats go for something that not even Europe would go for, you know it’s insane.
I remember sitting outside over dinner one night in Australia. My ‘mate’ joined me with his girlfriend from Spain. I was on a business trip and was truly enjoying Sydney. Over dinner, I mentioned in the US that some states don’t require a voter ID to vote. The young lady from Spain gasped. She couldn’t believe this was the case in the US today. Now the Democrats want to make this the law across the land.
John R. Lott Jr wrote an excellent piece at the Daily Signal where he points out the voter laws in Europe.
Democrats and much of the media are pushing to make permanent the extraordinary, pandemic-driven measures to relax voting rules during the 2020 elections—warning anew of racist voter “suppression” otherwise. Yet democracies in Europe and elsewhere tell a different story—of the benefits of stricter voter ID requirements after hard lessons learned.
A database on voting rules worldwide compiled by the Crime Prevention Research Center, which I run, shows that election integrity measures are widely accepted globally, and have often been adopted by countries after they’ve experienced fraud under looser voting regimes.
Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe—a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy—all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote. The exception is the U.K., and even there voter IDs are mandatory in Northern Ireland for all elections and in parts of England for local elections. Moreover, Boris Johnson’s government recently introduced legislation to have the rest of the country follow suit.
Criticisms of the British leader’s voter ID push are similar to those heard in the U.S. The Scottish National Party claims his voter ID push targets “lower income, ethnic minority, and younger people” who are less likely to vote for Johnson’s conservatives and therefore represents “Trump-like voter suppression.”
Yet despite such pushback, Britain looks set to follow countries in Europe and elsewhere with stricter voting regimes, few of which temporarily relaxed any of their voting rules during the pandemic.
So while the rest of the world goes for strict voter ID laws, the Democrats in the US go for wide-open elections where no voter ID is necessary, for that matter no proof of citizenship is necessary as well. This is HR1, the bill the Democrats claim will make elections better.
(In my book they will make elections irrelevant as the person or group to stuff the most votes into the drop boxes at 3am will win the election.)
Not only that but according to Lott, most countries have strict rules on absentee ballots as well.
Seventy-four percent of European countries entirely ban absentee voting for citizens who reside domestically. Another 6% limit it to those hospitalized or in the military, and they require third-party verification and a photo voter ID. Another 15% require a photo ID for absentee voting.