Democratic strategist and former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Angela Rye defended recount efforts, saying that people in Wisconsin were disenfranchised due to voter ID laws.
“If you don’t want to talk about a recount,” Rye said in an interview with Carol Costello on CNN, “talk about why people felt like they couldn’t go to the polls because they were afraid they didn’t have the adequate ID.” Here’s the exchange:
Rye: So I think that – I think it’s really simple. I think that she sees that there are doubts in the minds of American voters, whether they were Green Party, Libertarians, or Democrats or Republicans, and she is trying to soothe the fears and the concerns of some of the people by asking for a recount. If Donald Trump won fair and square, what harm does it do? I agree with Jeffrey, if he thinks that there’s grounds for a recount in some of the other states, then do it. He’s alleging voter fraud in some of these states again across the spectrum on whether or not voter ID is on the books or not. So if he thinks that fraud exists and that is allegedly the base, right, for Republicans pushing force — pushing forth these suppressive measures, then why not do it? I think one of the things that we have not talked about enough, and is important when we talk about Wisconsin, is the fact that voter turnout was the lowest it’s been in decades, in 20 years.
Costello: Because people disliked both candidates intensely.
Rye: No. No, no, no. Exactly. And that’s fine, Carol. I’m not negating that point. But what has been different this particular election, than any other, is voter suppression. And we should talk about that. If you don’t want to talk about a recount, talk about why people felt like they couldn’t go to the polls because they were afraid they didn’t have the adequate ID. Is that really what we want our democracy to be about? We shouldn’t make it harder for people to vote. We should be making it easier. That is a campaign that he should push.