Kamala Harris Claims It’s ‘Almost Impossible’ For Rural Americans To Make A Photocopy

Kamala Harris Claims It’s ‘Almost Impossible’ For Rural Americans To Make A Photocopy

Vice President Kamala Harris infuriated Americans on Saturday after she suggested voter ID laws don’t work because it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to photocopy their IDs. 

“I don’t think that we should underestimate what [compromising on voter ID] could mean,” Harris emphasized in an interview with BET News. “Because in some people’s mind[s], that means, well, you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove that you are who you are. Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them.”

“People have to understand that when we’re talking about voter ID laws, be clear about who you have in mind and what would be required of them to prove who they are,” Harris continued. “Of course people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”

Harris’s controversial interview initially aired on Friday, and quickly drew backlash over the weekend for seeming incredibly out of touch with Americans. 

Harris’s remarks ignore the fact that there are countless ways in which Americans can photocopy their IDs, from cheap public copy machines to at-home printers. According to Pew Research, over 80 percent of rural Americans own smartphones, providing yet another means through which Americans can order copies of photo identification or can connect to at-home printing devices.

Americans are required to provide identification to fly on an airplane, rent hotel rooms, and purchase, drive, and rent cars, among many other activities. Harris presumably isn’t worried about these requirements.

Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright slammed Harris for her claims. “We built this country. We can manage to photocopy our IDs,” he said. 

Veteran and Pennsylvania Senate candidate Sean Parnell agreed. “No one is buying this ridiculous argument against Voter ID. The vast majority of Americans support it. Let’s get it done,” he argued. 

Parnell is correct to assert that the “vast majority” of Americans support voter ID laws. According to recent polling from The Associated Press, at least 72 percent of American adults support requiring photo identification to access the ballot box. 

While Republicans pursue measures in states like Texas and Georgia to mandate voter identification and limit election fraud, Democrats nonetheless decry such reforms as “racist” and otherwise problematic. Harris’s absurd claim that rural Americans can’t photocopy their IDs is just the latest amongst Democrats’ attempts to dismantle election integrity.

Audrey Unverferth is an intern at The Federalist and a senior at the University of Chicago, where she studies Law, Letters, and Society and Russian and East European Studies. She is also the co-founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Thinker. Follow her on Twitter @audrey__unver or email [email protected]
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