Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will send mail-in ballots to every registered voter. In the past, Californians were able to vote by mail if they were registered to receive an absentee ballot. The rest of us would have to make our way to our designated polling area to vote. While there are benefits to absentee ballots (ex. military personnel stationed out of state or business people temporarily living abroad) sending able voters to a physical polling location has always been the best way to prevent voter fraud. But we’re going to save the topic of voter fraud for an upcoming article and just focus on the political reasons for sending everyone a ballot.
Voter fraud is a legitimate and massive concern, but for now, let’s acknowledge a couple of things simply about voting. Democrats want everyone to vote and Republicans want fewer people to vote. That’s just the way it is. It’s not criminal, it’s not racist, it’s not foul play, it’s just the way the two sides are set up. Both sides understand that a less informed voter who isn’t paying much attention past the headlines they see on Facebook is more likely to vote with their emotions. Which means they are most likely to vote Democrat. That’s not to say that all Democrats are less informed but instead to say that Democrat arguments are more easily accepted in headline form while Republican arguments tend to require more nuance.
Democrats: Do you think American’s should die from treatable diseases simply because they can’t afford the treatment?
Republicans: Medicare for all wouldn’t work because… (long long list of reasons with loads of variables filled with complexity.)
The Republican argument tends to be more difficult to make, therefore, Republicans don’t benefit from voters who haven’t taken the time to think through both sides of the argument while Democrats tend to benefit immensely. Call it voter suppression, racism, subverting democracy, whatever. It’s not malicious, this is just the way things tend to shake out.
For these reasons, Republicans are often criticized harshly by the left. Democrats mainly use the argument that Republican voter policy unfairly keeps people from voting.
Two things are happening here. First, the barriers to voting that Democrats unwaveringly decry are 1. getting to a polling place and 2. showing an ID. I’m not particularly sure how high those two barriers rank on the difficultly scale, especially relative to the plentiful daily tasks of the average American.
Second, Democrats assume that more people voting is always better; a much more difficult argument to prove when you put the power of government in perspective.
Imagine, if you will, a class project where lives and livelihoods are at stake. The class is making decisions that have a global impact and the ability to change the relative course of humanity. The fate of the most powerful entity on the planet and the outcome of its people is on the line… How much input do you want from Chris, the kid who rarely shows up to class and when he does, he sits in the back of the room with headphones in, completely unaware of the discussion being had at the front of the room? My guess is, not much.