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Jon Stewart: Voter ID laws like leash laws for unicorns

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 23:54 EDT
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On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped apart the voter ID laws being pushed by Republicans in swing states this year.

Conservatives have described voter fraud as a “serious threat to democracy.” But even the National Republican Lawyers Association, which supports voter ID laws, was only able to find 340 cases of voter fraud over a ten year period.

“Oh, my god. That’s almost .7 cases per state per year,” Stewart said. “And it also includes registration fraud, registering the wrong address, writing Mickey Mouse on a petition — which voter ID would not address.”

Stewart noted that attorneys for Pennsylvania, which is now defending its voter ID law in court, said they were not aware of any cases of in-person voter fraud in the state. They also admitted they had no evidence that voter fraud would occur in the November elections without a voter ID law.

“I rest my case, your honor,” Stewart mockingly remarked. “It doesn’t happen, this won’t stop it, I think you can see why we have to do it now. Next up, leash laws for unicorns.”

Watch video, via Mediaite, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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