Accuracy in Media

Blaming voter suppression has been the last resort by Hillary Clinton and Democrats in general for her loss to President Donald Trump.

Many Democrats see it as some combination of poor campaign management, an email scandal that wouldn’t die, Jim Comey’s decision to reopen the case in late October and the party’s inability to connect with the working class.

But because it represents the last possible path to overturn the electoral results and install Clinton as president, it persists. The voter suppression theory got a shot in the arm this week when The Nation released a story that said voter suppression “played a much larger role than is commonly understood.”

The Nation’s story focused on Wisconsin, which Trump carried by nearly 23,000 votes in a surprise result that, along with Michigan and Pennsylvania, helped to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.

Voter ID laws, which the magazine considers voter suppression, may have chased enough voters out of the polls to have given Trump the victory, according to their report.

The 2016 election was the first in which Wisconsin voters were required to present a current driver’s license, passport or state or military ID to cast a ballot. The state ranked second in the nation in voter participation in 2008 and 2012, but saw its lowest participation since 2000 in 2016.

More than half the state’s decline occurred in Milwaukee, which Clinton carried by a 77-18 margin, the article pointed out. While white neighborhoods in one of America’s most segregated cities declined little in turnout, black neighborhoods saw participation rates tumble.

The story reported a survey of Milwaukee and Dane counties about why they didn’t vote. Eleven percent of residents cited the voter ID law and said they didn’t have an acceptable ID. A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said the 11 percent “finding implies that between 12,000 and 23,-000 registered voters in Madison and Milwaukee – and as many as 45,000 residents statewide – were deterred from voting by the ID law.”

“We have hard evidence there were tens of thousands of people who were unable to vote because of the voter ID law,” the professor said.  

Priorities USA, a Democratic super-PAC that supported Clinton, contends the numbers are even higher. It says states that adopted stricter ID laws saw turnout decrease 1.7 percent, but states that did not saw it a 1.3 percent increase.

In Wisconsin, turnout dropped 3.3 percent. If the law had not been changed and Wisconsin voters would have turned out in the same numbers as those elsewhere, more than 200,000 additional votes might have been case.

Given they “skewed more African American and more Democrat,” it is possible enough people were restrained from voting to have changed the result, the article said.

But Hillary Clinton never visited Wisconsin. Her on-the-ground campaign people begged her to come, told her that her lead there had evaporated and asked for more resources a number of times in the closing months.

Voters weren’t that enamored of either candidate.

“Perhaps the biggest drag on voter turnout in Milwaukee, as in the rest of the country, were the candidates themselves,” Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times wrote. “To some, it was like having to choose between broccoli and liver.”

Clinton wasn’t in tune with the state’s concerns over trade deals that cost local jobs. Even The Nation admitted that  “no one thing … swung the election.”

Voters in Wisconsin knew what was required of them to vote. They knew they needed an ID and that the state would give them one if they could not afford it. The ID itself was not an impediment – more than 91 percent of residents already had one.

What they didn’t know is that complying with a law that ensures electoral integrity would produce a result that did not honor the voters’ wishes. They didn’t know that for a simple reason – it’s not true.  

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  • TED

    Who you kiddin’?

    The Republicans have been engaging in non-stop “voter suppression” … primarily suppressing the black vote … for 152 years! And, the worst of it just took place as the result of re-districting after the 2010 census.

    Never fear, though! As the black and Hispanic populations grow … and as the poor and self-employed fall off the ACA rolls as Trump and the GOP legislature continues to sabotage that program instead of working to resolve its problems … the number of people voting Democratic will continue to increase … ultimately overcoming both voter suppression efforts AND Republicanism in general!

    It won’t be long. Especially after enough people feel the ‘Republicanism’, first-hand, of Trump, McConnell, and Ryan!

  • johnnywoods

    The main reason for voter suppression was the fact that many Blacks and other minorities did not want to vote for the Hilderbeest or Crazy Bernie.

  • Rooster

    Boy are you stupid . Couple of points , your party were leaders in segregating the south
    for 100 plus years and your party lost almost 1000 federal and state elections during the

  • mioahu

    So anyway, i never understood the reason you and your leftists are antiamerican traitors who would do anything to see the western culture on which this great country was built, destroyed and replaced with some multicultural blob with no identity.Why are you trying to destroy this country , while posing as a patriot ? Leftism is the same everywhere in the world, it is anti western, anti christian and pro globalist communism. You are a disgrace to your country. And why are you assuming that all blacks and hispanics are dumb as you, and vote their identity rather than their values ? If anything, your numbers are declining since good old libs figure out they have become the useful idiots of the left and switch. The values of the conservatives today are closer to the values of the liberals than the liberal values are to the leftists. MAGA

  • Jimmy

    So your saying that voter is laws definately made trump win… and that thy discriminated against blacks… and then you say “but the thing is, Hillary didn’t win”


    Are you trumps propaganda mind switch specialist?

  • NonPCconservative

    I just want to say that anybody who doesn’t know that the KKK was originally founded to be the militant action arm of the Democrat party (kind of like Antifa today but with regular bathing and hoods instead of masks) should not be allowed to vote . . . ever! That means you TED HEAD! The Democrats were the party that ran the south in the Jim Crow years, don’cha know? Don’t bother to answer, we all know that you don’t know anything. That’s what makes you a liberal.

  • MesaMark

    The Nation has a long way to go to gain credibility as a legitimate news source; perhaps they could do away with their international Marxist allegiance. And note the way they talk down to people by stating more “than is commonly understood,” as though we are idiots and they are the smart ones.

  • Amargomate Are you sure that republicans are into vote suppression and against the black voters population?
    Because this poster of 1868 says something different…
    If you need more of them I have many that can tell you a lot of the reality of the Democratic Party and the blacks… before that date and after….
    Your welcome!!