Sen. Hawley on Voter ID: ‘I Believe in it 100%’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | June 23, 2021 | 10:51am EDT
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)   (Getty images)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Getty images)

(CNS News) -- In reference to the Democrats’ “For the People Act,” which would eliminate state voter ID laws, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said he believes in voter ID “100%.” On Tuesday, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered the “For the People Act,” preventing the Senate from moving forward with the legislation.

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Senator Hawley (R-MO), “Do you think a person should show ID when they go to purchase alcohol?

Hawley replied, “Yes, we have to.”

CNS News then asked, “and what do you think about voter ID?”

The senator said, “I believe in it 100%. In my state it’s in our, it’s in our constitution.”

“Voters passed a voter ID law in the state of Missouri back in 2016, I think,” said Hawley. “So, our voters have weighed in on it directly. And they support it, I support it, and I think it’s a pretty basic thing.”

“And in Missouri, you could, it doesn’t even actually have to be a photo specifically, but state will provide you, free of no charge,” he said, “you know, if you can’t get a form of ID the state will provide it for you. So, the state doesn’t restrict access at all. But it does, it is an election security measure.”

In an analysis of the “For the People Act,” the conservative Heritage Foundation wrote that it “would federalize and micromanage the election process, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states.”

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Second, “It would reverse the decentralization of the American election process, an essential protection of our liberty and freedom.” Finally, “It would implement nationwide the worst changes in election rules that occurred in 2020 and further damage or eliminate basic security protocols.”

The Republican National Committee noted, "S. 1 would eviscerate commonsense state voter ID laws which 36 states have passed. This would allow individuals to vote by simply attesting they are who they claim to be."

Transcript

CNSNew.com: "Do you think a person should show ID when they go to purchase alcohol?"

Hawley: "Yeah, well they have to, at least in my state."

CNSNew.com:  "And what do you think about voter ID?"

Hawley: "Oh, I mean I, I believe in it 100% in my state it’s in our, it’s in our constitution."

CNSNew.com: "May I ride with you?"

Hawley: "Sure. Voters passed uh, a voter ID law in the state of Missouri, um back in 2016 I think. So, our voters have weighed in on it directly. And they support it, I support it and I think it’s a pretty basic thing. And in Missouri, you could, it doesn’t even actually have to be photo specifically, but state will provide you, free of no charge, you know if you can’t get a form of ID the state will provide it for you. So, the state doesn’t restrict access at all, but it does, it is an election security measure."

CNSNew.com: "Thank you so much."

Hawley: "Yeah, you bet, absolutely."

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