Obama accuses Republicans of trying to ‘RIG’ elections by passing laws requiring voters to show identification

Barack Obama has accused Republicans of trying to ‘rig’ elections by passing state voter ID laws – an ironic claim for an ex-president who blasted successor Donald Trump for suggesting the 2016 White House race could be gamed.

“You have to ask yourself: Why is it that Republicans don’t want you to vote?” Obama asked on Saturday while campaigning for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. “What is it that they’re so afraid of? You know, I would assume, if they think they’ve got better ideas, why don’t they just go make the case?”

Obama was referring to election-integrity laws passed this year by Republican-controlled state legislatures around the country. He didn’t specify how such measures would stop people from voting in a nation where photo identification is required to drive a car, board a flight, get vaccinated, pick up a prescription, hold a bank account, get a job or receive public benefits.

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Nevertheless, Obama argued that Republicans apparently don’t want to persuade voters with winning ideas. “Tell us your ideas,” he said. “Tell us why you think they’re gonna be better. Tell us how it’s gonna help that man get a job or help that young person go to college or help that person get a trade.”

Just explain it, and if you’ve got good ideas, people will flock to your ideas. But that’s not what they try to do. Instead, you’re trying to rig elections. Because the truth is, people disagree with your ideas.



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