In comments made to TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson on election night, U.S. congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) said he thinks Wisconsin's new voter ID law will help the eventual GOP nominee win in the state.
Grothman's response came as Benson asked him about the GOP's poor performance across recent presidential contests in the state.
"You know that a lot of Republicans, since 1984 in the presidential races, have not been able to win in Wisconsin," Benson said. "Why would it be any different for Ted Cruz, or a Donald Trump?"
After explaining he thought Hillary Clinton would be a weak nominee for the Democrats, Grothman said "now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is gonna make a little bit of a difference as well."
Republicans aren't supposed to admit that voter ID laws favor them at the ballot box, not because of stopping mythical Democratic voter fraud, but because of stopping Democratic voters, period. Yes, elderly, more conservative voters are affected by voter ID laws too, but far higher numbers of college students, people of color, and poor voters are disenfranchised in the process and it's a win the GOP will take in every state they can get away with it in.
That was always the point in November. 2016 is the first year that we will see widespread use of voter ID laws in a presidential race, and that could cost the Democratic candidates thousands, if not millions of votes.
That's the story out of Wisconsin, and Ohio, and North Carolina, and Texas, and the list goes on.