CNN ran a story Tuesday titled, “12 white men — and no minorities — to testify at Trump voter commission meeting.”
The story focuses on a voter fraud commission held in New Hampshire Tuesday, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Kobach recently made headlines for claiming that over 5,000 out-of-state votes could have affected New Hampshire’s 2016 election results, tipping the scales to Hillary Clinton.
CNN also used their article to provide a quote from Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez, who said, “This is a sham commission that has one goal: to rig democracy in Republicans’ favor by making it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, women and young people to exercise their fundamental right to vote.”
The reason why CNN may have zeroed in on “white men” in reporting on a voter fraud hearing is that many on the Left allege, as Perez does, that investigating voter fraud is done cynically with the goal of making it more difficult for traditional Democratic voter demographics — such as African-Americans and young people — to vote.
The evidence for this is mixed. The liberal site Vox reported on studies of voter ID laws in November 2016 and claimed that “study after study has found that voter ID laws have little to no effect on voter turnout.”
“At worst, the effect is small–barely detectable even in studies that employ multiple controls. At best, there’s no effect at all or even an increase,” Vox’s German Lopez writes.
However, in reporting on Tuesday’s hearing, The Atlantic’s Vann R. Newkirk II cited data from the Government Accountability Office, claiming “three of five studies to meet its standard of rigor showed that voter-ID laws specifically decreased turnout of people of color relative to whites.”
Voter fraud has been as especially sensitive issue for the Trump presidency, with the president once claiming, without evidence, that millions of votes were cast illegally in the 2016 election:
WATCH CNN COMMENTATOR CALL TRUMP A “WHITE SUPREMACIST”:In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016