A new Rasmussen survey released Friday reveals “75% of Likely U.S. voters believe that requiring photo ID to vote is a reasonable measure to protect the integrity of elections, while 19% disagree.”
On top of that, the poll also found that “More than a year after the 2020 election, 34% of voters still do not believe Biden won the presidential election fairly,” and “61% of Republican voters still think Biden didn’t win the presidential election fairly, an opinion shared by 13% of Democrats and 29% of voters not affiliated with either major party.”
On a smaller scale, there already doubts among observers of a recall election in Seattle to displace openly Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who has come from behind to apparently eke out a win by only a couple hundred votes. On election night, she was behind by about six points, and one day later following an afternoon ballot drop, her deficit had shrunk to fewer than 300 votes. Now she’s ahead by about the same margin.
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There are some interesting parallels between the political controversies surrounding the tales of former President Donald Trump and the Sawant situation leading to the attempt to throw her out of office.
Back on Jan. 6, after Trump addressed a crowd of thousands in Washington, D.C., many people marched on the Capitol building, some even entering the building. Trump haters on Capitol Hill have tried to lay much of the blame for that day’s anarchy at the feet of the former president.
In Sawant’s case, the firebrand socialist was being challenged because she allegedly used city resources to promote a ballot measure to slap a tax on Amazon. She ultimately paid $3,516 to the city in a settlement with the Ethics and Elections Commission, according to the Seattle Times.
Sawant also acknowledged she opened City Hall to hundreds of demonstrators during the social unrest in 2020, violating COVID-19 safety orders, the newspaper noted. Sawant claims she didn’t violate the law, but she did unlock the doors.
Lastly, she allegedly led a march on the home of Mayor Jenny Durkan, which is supposed to be protected because she used to be a federal prosecutor. Sawant admits she marched, but says she didn’t organize it.
Trump’s alleged actions have drawn condemnation. Sawant’s acknowledged actions, not so much.
The Rasmussen survey revealed some interesting data.
“While majorities of every partisan category support voter ID laws,” the survey company reported, “more Republicans (88%) than Democrats (63%) or unaffiliated voters (74%) believe that requiring photo ID to vote is a reasonable measure to protect the integrity of elections.”
The far left opposes Voter ID requirements. Yet, citizens must provide photo ID in order to buy a gun and make other major purchases not covered by the Second Amendment.
“Concerns about election integrity remain high,” Rasmussen said, “with 83% of voters saying it is Very Important to prevent cheating in elections, up from 79% in June.”
In Seattle, there are reportedly enough challenged ballots to make a difference in the Sawant recall outcome.
“But the emerging talking point in this election,” the Seattle Times reported, “is the nearly 600 outstanding ballots with signature challenges that, if resolved and counted by Dec. 16, could swing the results in either direction.”
The newspaper editorialized in favor of Sawant’s recall. Her critics contend she has been nothing but a troublemaker during her council tenure.
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