The Democratic Party officially opposes voter ID laws, but the Democratic National Committee used them to elect its new chairman on Saturday.
The reason, acting Chair Donna Brazile said, was that "We have to make sure that we can not just count the ballots, but verify every name and signature."
DNC members had tested electronic "clickers" earlier Saturday at the group's meeting in Atlanta. But Brazile called an audible, and announced the clickers would not be used because, "I want to make sure that at the conclusion of all of our votes, that you, the members of this party, will be able to review those ballots."
That did not go unnoticed, by proponents of voter ID laws, who said Democrats were being hypocrites.
Republicans favor voter ID laws, saying they prevent election fraud, but Democrats argue they are a tool to suppress minority votes since they are disproportionately likely to not have driver's licenses or other forms of photo identification.
"Brazile's step to ensure that ballots could be verified appeared to be an attempt to ensure only registered members of the DNC cast votes in the election," Nick Bolger writes at The Washington Free Beacon.
The voting took two rounds of balloting, with former Labor Secretary Tom Perez beating Rep. Keith Ellison 235-200.
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