Should Voters Show ID? Sen. Peters: ‘There Are ID Requirements’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | June 23, 2021 | 4:25pm EDT
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In reference to the Democrats’ “For the People Act,” which would eliminate state voter ID laws, CNS News asked Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) if voters should provide ID and he said, “Well, certainly there are ID requirements.”

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 Peters (D-MI), “Should a person show an ID to purchase Alcohol?’

The senator replied, “Well, I think that is state law, so yes.”

CNS News then asked, “What about to vote?”

Sen. Peters responded, “Well, certainly there are ID requirements. We have, there are ID requirements that are a part of the voting to make sure that the people are the folks who are voting, those are all run by state law.”

CNS News further inquired “Are you for or against the S.1 proposal to eliminate voter ID?”

Sen. Peters said, “I am reviewing S.1 right now.”

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 common sense 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."

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans filibustered the “For the People Act,” preventing it from moving to debate in the Senate. The vote was 50-50 along partisan lines. Sixty votes were needed to advance the legislation.

“Now, Republican senators may have prevented us from having a debate on voting rights today,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “But I want to be very clear about one thing: the fight to protect voting rights is not over. By no means. In the fight for voting rights, this vote was the starting gun, not the finish line.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)   (Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, "Look, what this is really about is an effort for the federal government to take over the way we conduct elections in this country…. It is a solution in search of a problem."

Transcript

CNSNews.com: “Should a person show an ID to purchase alcohol?”

Peters: “Well, I think that is state law, so yes.”

CNSNews.com: “I apologize, then what about to vote?”

Peters: “Well, certainly there are ID requirements. We have, there are ID requirements that are a part of the voting to make sure that the people are the folks who are voting, those are all run by state law.”

CNSNews.com: “All right, and are you for or against the S.1 proposal to eliminate voter ID?”

Peters: “I am reviewing S.1 right now.”

CNSNews.com: “All right, thank you so much for your time.”

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