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Trump Announces 'The Time Has Come for Voter ID'

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President Donald Trump took a major step against election fraud Tuesday night during a Florida rally, signaling his support for voter identification laws.

“The time has come for voter ID, like everything else,” Trump said during a rally in Tampa for GOP congressman Ron DeSantis, who is seeking to become Florida’s next governor, according to PJ Media.

Trump noted that ID cards are now needed everywhere in American society, but not in the one place where positive identification is most important.

“In this country, the only time you don’t need it in many cases is when you want to vote for a president, when you want to vote for a senator, when you want to vote for a governor or a congressman,” Trump said. “It’s crazy. It’s crazy. But we are turning it around.”

Voter ID laws have become controversial because opponents say they target the ability of minority voters to cast ballots.

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Supporters say they cut down on election fraud.

Trump has said before that voter ID is needed to beat the “rigged” system. In January, when he dissolved his commission on election fraud, Trump noted that Democratic-controlled states refused to cooperate.

“Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D,” he tweeted.

“As Americans, you need identification, sometimes in a very strong and accurate form, for almost everything you do…..except when it comes to the most important thing, VOTING for the people that run your country. Push hard for Voter Identification!” he wrote in a follow-up post.

During his administration, Trump has done more than talk about voter ID; he has supported voter ID laws that were challenged in the courts.

In 2017, the Justice Department reversed its Obama-era stance and supported Texas in its efforts to implement its voter ID law.

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In April, a federal appeals court ruled that Texas can go forward with its law. The Department of Justice issued a statement at the time supporting the appellate decision, CNN reported.

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“The Justice Department is committed to free and fair elections, and their protection is essential to our democracy. The Justice Department joined the State of Texas in arguing that SB 5 met all of the Fifth Circuit’s mandates when it was passed by the legislature, and we are pleased that the court agreed today,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said.

North Carolina is among the states trying to implement a voter ID law. In November, the state’s residents will go to the polls to vote on a voter ID law, the Charlotte News & Observer reported.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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