Kamala Harris Tells BET: ‘Almost Impossible’ for Rural Americans to Provide Proof of ID to Vote
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Vice President Kamala Harris believes it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to prove who they are in order to vote.
In an interview with BET, the vice president said why she opposes voter ID laws, despite an overwhelming majority of Americans who support the law, according to The Daily Wire.
“I don’t think that we should underestimate what [voting ID laws] could mean,” Harris said, explaining that providing a photocopy of an ID is an attempt to deprive “black and brown and students and Native Americans and Asians, the access to voting.”
“Because in some people’s mind, that means well, you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your Id to send it in to prove you are who you are,” she said. “There’s a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t, there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them.”
Harris concluded: “People have to understand that when we’re talking about voter ID laws, be clear about what you have in mind and what would be required of them to prove who they are. Of course, people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”
Her comments received quick backlash, many calling her remarks insulting to rural Americans.
“I guess rural folks don’t go to the doctor, buy cigarettes, or alcohol, or drive cars,” one user tweeted.
One social media user defended herself and other rural Americans, tweeting: “I live in the middle of nowhere. I can photocopy my ID. She is misinformed and so ridiculous. It’s absurd.”