Voter ID would secure the integrity of elections, they said. Voter ID would prevent election fraud, they said.
Yet, in the first election where voter ID was used in Mississippi, complaints of voter fraud among Republicans have been rampant.
Incidentally, none of the the accusations spelled out in a lawsuit filed yesterday over the GOP primary runoff for U.S. Senate have anything to do with voter impersonation, which voter ID was designed to stop.
Also, interestingly, a lot of the top Republican officials hollerin about voter fraud have made nary a peep about the the allegations that have surfaced about vote buying in the race in the race between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who also chairs the Senate Elections Committee.
Where's Delbert? Haley? Phil Bryant? (All three are Cochran supporters, by the way)
Brandon Jones of the Mississippi Democratic Trust posed a similar question in a statement sent to the press on Monday: "The citizens of this state were sold a package of voting laws by leaders who told us that their main concern was election integrity. These leaders, like Secretary of State Hosemann, now have an opportunity to show that all the talk about protecting the vote wasn't politics as usual."
I did a quick search and found these examples of GOP officials over the years talking about protecting the integrity of the elections:
"I believe that anyone who understands (like I do) that there is voter fraud occurring in our elections throughout the state and who does not support meaningful voter reforms to help clean up that system is part of the problem instead of part of the solution. … The problem is real and a strong Voter ID law is part of the solution."
—State Sen. Joey Fillingane, Y'all Politics op-ed October 2012
“This legislation is about protecting the integrity of Mississippi’s elections. This legislation is a direct result of the majority of Mississippians expressing their desire for a constitutional voter ID requirement in the state. We want everyone to participate in the election process, and we want that process to be fair and secure.”
—Gov. Phil Bryant, May 2012
"Voter ID is not about intimidation; it is simply about integrity and having a fair and honest election."
— Pete Smith, spokesman for Gov. Haley Barbour, 2004
"We need voter ID and we can't stop until we get it. … We need to continue to prosecute those who steal your vote."
— Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Neshoba Democrat, July, 2009