Right-Wing Meme Demolished – Obama Won In States With Photo ID Laws

Unable to understand that the nation has changed and that they are out of touch with America, they lash out to lay blame on everything but themselves. One of the more widespread is this claim:

FUN FACT: Obama Lost in Every State with a Voter Photo-ID Law

While it sounds incredible, even a casual check finds it is not true.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 11 states with a Photo ID law on the books, with an additional 19 states with an ID requirement not tied to a Photo ID.

The 11 states with a Photo ID requirement are (States Obama won in bold):

  • New Hampshire
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Kansas
  • South Dakota
  • Idaho
  • Hawaii

Out of 11 states with Photo ID requirements, Obama carried 4 of them, a solid 22%.

Out of the 19 with ID requirements, but not Photo IDs, you have the following (again, states Obama carried are in bold):

  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware
  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Washington
  • Alaska

Now, on the linked article above, they ask what does a non-Photo ID requirement means. As a resident of one of these non-Photo ID states, Washington, I can tell you what it means. It means that we issue specific Voter ID’s you can use in lieu of a photo ID such as a drivers license, for voting. To get this Voter ID you need to validate your residence, such as having your name on a lease or mortgage, using your drivers license or state issued ID, a utility bill, even an affidavit from a state worker or officer.

In other words, while you may not need a photo ID directly to get your ballot, you still need one in order to vote. Our ballots require a signature, which is cross-checked against our on-file signature from when we registered to vote.

Here is a sample Washington State voter ID card:

So, out of the 30 states with Voter ID requirements, Obama carried 11 — just over 30% — of them. Instead of blaming the system, perhaps the Republican party should study why it was that they lost. The party has lost touch with American values, and are living in a fantasy land.

If they do not wake up soon, there will not be any more GOP by the next election.