The Government Accountability Office released a new report Thursday confirming millions of Americans have been disenfranchised by voter suppression laws in up to 31 states, signalling a “major shift” over the past tens years towards the limiting of rights of eligible voters to cast their ballots.
The reason given for the implementation of voter id laws, is fear of ‘voter fraud’; however, the GOA study said they were unable to document any incidents of this voter fraud due to a lack of data. Earlier reports have shown voter fraud to be negligible at best, making up 0.0004 to 0.0009 percent of votes cast.
“We must make it easier, not harder, for poor and working people to vote and to participate in the political process,” Sanders said Thursday. “There is no credible evidence of voter fraud having had any impact whatsoever on the outcome of an election in recent history. Using unfounded scare tactics and isolated cases to weaken the public’s faith in elections and to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters is reprehensible.”