Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday suggested that Americans did not deserve to be part of the democratic process if they found that obtaining a government issued voter ID was “too difficult.”
“If you just sit it out election after election then — well frankly if you make that decision not to vote, then I don’t really want you voting,” Ingraham told her listeners during her election day broadcast. “I’m kind of glad you didn’t vote. Right?”
“If you can’t be bothered to get to the polls every few years, or if you can’t be bothered to fill in an absentee ballot, or it’s too difficult for you to get a government issued ID in the states that require IDs,” she said, adding in a mocking tone that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was “concerned” that Republicans were obsessed with voter ID laws.
“I get this feeling that if you can’t be bothered to go to the polls, then good,” Ingraham quipped. “You can’t care that much about the country, or you must be so uninformed that you think it’s all going fine.”
But according to the Brennan Center for Justice, many eligible voters have not obtained photo identification, and it’s not because they “can’t be bothered” to fill out the paperwork.
In fact, the nearest state ID office for 10 million or more voters is only open two days a week, and it’s more than 10 miles away. And 500,000 of those voters, do not even own a vehicle.
Listen to the audio below from the Laura Ingraham Show, broadcast Nov.. 4, 2014.
(h/t: Media Matters)