Rand Paul: Republicans "Over-Emphasized" Voter Fraud


DAVID AXELROD: Let me ask you question related to this. There's been a lot of attention paid to all over the country to rules that constrict voting rights, asking for IDs from voters, birth certificates to register, shorter hours and so on. Do you think that has sent a negative message to minority communities?

SEN. RAND PAUL: You know, I think it is a mistake to emphasize so much, in fact, I've done the opposite. I testified in Kentucky for restoration of voting rights, for people convicted of non-violent felonies. In our state there are 180,000 people, I don't know the racial composition, but because the War on Drugs has had a disproportionate affect, I'm guessing there is a higher percentage of African-Americans. But I've actually been testifying in my state in favor of restoring voting rights.

As far as the long hours of it, I grew up in Texas, which was a solid Republican state and we always had early voting. I don't think early voting is biased one way or the other, so I think eliminating it is a mistake. For Republicans who want to make their whole thing on eliminating early voting, I think that is a mistake.

Whether or not a driver's license, I mean, here's the point conservatives make and it's a fairly valid point. If you're in government, I could never visit you or Eric Holder or anybody else without a driver's license. Is that not a minimal standard? Particularly when we say we will give you one for free. Most of the voter ID laws say if you go down there, they will get you a driver's license for free if you don't drive.

I don't know, I think that, for example, I don't think dead people should vote. I guess that's one thing I will not compromise on. Dead people shouldn't vote. Dead people still do vote in some elections. There still is some fraud. So we should stop that and one way to do it is showing your driver's license.

AXELROD: Although the incidents of fraud are relatively low.

PAUL: It probably is. And I think Republicans may have overemphasized this.

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