App OfferUp Blasts Voter ID Laws But Makes Its Own Buyers And Sellers Show ID

App OfferUp Blasts Voter ID Laws But Makes Its Own Buyers And Sellers Show ID

Two hundred companies on Monday signed a joint letter condemning “the hundreds of bills threatening to make voting more difficult in dozens of states nationwide,” just as Major League Baseball and other corporations have voiced their opposition to the recently passed Georgia election bill. The legislation mandates voter identification for absentee ballots.

One of the signers of the letter was Nick Huzar, the co-founder and CEO of an app called OfferUp for people to buy and sell goods to one another. A quick look at Twitter shows Huzar is on the left side of the political aisle, as he recently applauded the announcement of President Joe Biden’s more than $2 trillion “infrastructure” plan that allocates a great deal of funding for non-infrastructure-related Democratic wish list items.

Given that the OfferUp CEO signed the letter opposing the Georgia election bill that mandates voter ID in order to vote — and others that call for more election security — it is unclear how this reconciles with the company’s ID verification mechanisms.

Through a program called “TruYou,” OfferUp calls for both sellers and buyers on the app to provide a “state-issued ID,” a cell phone number, and a selfie to become verified. Users are required to capture two pictures of their “US government-issued photo ID” if they wish to proceed on the platform with a badge that, according to the company, makes people “trust you more easily.”

While Huzar has condemned election security measures intended to ensure only American citizens vote in elections, given ID must be shown, his platform simultaneously has a policy in which illegal immigrants would be unable to obtain a verification badge on the platform. According to the left, this is highly xenophobic and racist.

“We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters,” the letter says.

If OfferUp determines that voting ought to be “safe and accessible” to American citizens regardless of ID laws, it is odd that the company also believes proving one’s identification makes people more trustworthy.

OfferUp did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.

Gabe Kaminsky is a senior contributor to The Federalist. His writing has appeared in RealClearPolitics, The American Conservative, the American Mind, the New York Post, and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @Gabe__Kaminsky and email tips to [email protected]
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