Friday night on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and a panel including MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, Wall Street Journal columnist and author John Fund and Daily Caller contributor Boris Epshteyn discussed the right wing myth of Democratic voter fraud and the very real steps that the Republican Party has been taking to keep traditionally Democratic constituencies away from the polls in swing states like Ohio and Virginia.
Maher brought up the Brennan Center Study which found that the threat of in-person vote fraud in the U.S. is so rare as to be statistically insignificant, ten cases have been found and verified in total, whereas Republican-sponsored voter ID laws stand to potentially disenfranchise as many as 5 million voters, many of them young, black, Latino or other Democratic-leaning groups.
Fund and Epshteyn argued that in fact, thousands of ballots were fraudulently cast in recent elections and that millions of dead people still reside on U.S. voter rolls.
Where fraud does exist, said Maher, is in situations where Republican operatives are registering people to vote, then never submitting the forms. Thirty-one year old Colin Small was arrested in Virginia after leaving voter registration forms in a dumpster. His firm had already been fired by the national Republican Party, only to be re-hired under a different name by the Republican Party of Virginia.
Taylor, who has spoken to Raw Story about race discrimination before, argued that Republicans are just attempting to erect as many obstacles as possible between Americans and their Constitutional right to vote.
Maher pointed out, though, that in the end, Republican outrage about vote fraud only extends as far as the other side of the aisle. When it comes to policing their own, they can’t be bothered.
“If the people who didn’t get to vote were old and white instead of black and young,” Maher said, Republicans would “swtich sides” on the issue immediately.
Watch the video, embedded via Mediaite, below: