The Democrats are on the move with their “Undocumented blue wave.”
A Blue Wave of ‘Undocumented’ Voters?
By JONATHAN S. TOBIN
October 17, 2018 12:39 PM
Stacey Abrams, candidate for Governor in the state of Georgia, delivers a speech during a fundraiser in Manhattan, N.Y., September 24, 2018. (Amr Alfiky/Reuters )
Perhaps this is not the best talking point for a Democratic candidate.
Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp, who is now running for governor, won his primary by doing his best imitation of President Donald Trump. But Kemp’s hopes for winning the statehouse took a serious hit when his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, seized on the fact that up to 53,000 voter-registration applications were put on hold due to the state’s “Exact Match” requirement.
The law requires voting applications to match with other existing government documents, such as driver’s licenses and Social Security records, as a check against fraud. But, like voter-ID laws, “Exact Match” has been denounced as having a disproportionate impact on African Americans — and as secretary of state, Kemp himself is charged with enforcing the law. As a result, Abrams saw an opening to allege not just racism but the use of Kemp’s own office to tilt the election in his favor.
Regarding the racism charge, Kemp could argue that he was just following a law that, beyond simply being the law, is a commonsense precaution in protecting the integrity of the vote. But the seeming conflict of interest was a blow to the Republican in what has turned out to be a highly competitive race in a red state that is, thanks to demographic changes, trending purple.
But Kemp’s problems were ameliorated, if not solved, when Abrams was taped giving a speech last week during a joint appearance with Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren in Jonesboro.
In an expansive prediction of how Democrats would sweep the country with a “blue wave,” Abrams said the following:
The thing of it is, is that blue waves aren’t blue. . . . The blue wave is African-American. It’s white, it’s Latino, it’s Asian, Pacific Islander. It is disabled. It is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans. It is made up of those who have been told they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented. It is comprised of those who have been told they’re successful and those who have been left behind.
Perhaps Abrams was just on automatic pilot, signaling her loyalty to identity politics and expressing solidarity with every possible segment of the electorate. There is nothing unusual about Democrats’ vowing to protect the “undocumented” (an inaccurate euphemism for illegal immigrants when some states give them driver’s licenses).
But saying that a blue wave of Democrats will include “documented” and “undocumented” voters, as if those two categories were just two different ethnic groups with equal rights to the ballot, was astounding.
It is time for a photo ID and finger print for voting purposes. The President must enforce the voting laws and what the penalty is for voting illegally.