Sometimes a lawmaker introduces a bill that has a real chance at getting passed, and sometimes a lawmaker introduces a bill to expose the Democrats’ hypocrisy. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) just did the latter.
Breitbart reports that Cramer, this week, introduced a measure that would require any state that is mandating vaccine passports to also strengthen voter ID requirements.
By vaccine passport, Cramer is referring to a document that a person can use to prove that he or she has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
In some places of the world, such as France and Italy, these passports are already a thing. In America, the idea is just getting going with New York City becoming the first government to require residents to prove that they have been vaccinated in order to gain entry to restaurants, entertainment venues, and the like.
So, what’s the relationship between vaccine passports and voter identification?
The relationship is that the Democrats are in favor of the passports but not the voter ID requirements, which is about as close to a contradiction as one could get.
Since the 2020 presidential election, Republicans have been arguing that steps need to be taken in order to reestablish faith in America’s elections. One of those steps, the Republicans have argued, is to make elections more secure by improving voter identification laws. Some Republican states have already taken this step.
The Democrats have argued that this effort amounts to little more than an attempt by Republicans to suppress voting, particularly an attempt to suppress the votes of minorities. Accordingly, the Democrats have opposed election integrity measures, including voter ID requirements, while making a push to federalize elections and to make permanent the practices used during the 2020 election.
At the same time, Democrats have pushed for coronavirus measures that would require an individual to disclose whether or not he or she has been vaccinated. From the beginning, many have argued that this is basically a violation of one’s right to privacy in medical matters. Democrats, however, argue that this is allowable considering the gravity of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
So, there you have it: Democrats support violating one’s privacy in medical matters, but do not support voter identification requirements.
And this, Cramer says, is just about the whole point of his bill.
“If states that take federal money for elections feel the need to make residents verify a piece of information as private as their vaccination status just to return to normalcy, then they should have no problem requiring people to prove they are who they say they are when they go to vote,” Cramer said.
He added that his bill will “ensure those states are being consistent about their identification requirements and shine a light on those who hypocritically oppose Voter ID laws but support vaccine passports.”
Cramer plans to introduce his bill “as both a standalone bill and as an amendment to Democrat’s $3.5 trillion spending plan.” Although, once again, it is clear that this bill doesn’t really have a chance at being passed.