Rep. Bonamici: Every State Should Vote by Mail, It’s ‘Secure’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | July 8, 2021 | 11:08am EDT
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.)  (Getty Images)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether a person should be required to show an ID in order to vote, as is usually required to purchase alcohol, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oreg.) said voting by mail is “a secure system that increases access to the ballot,” and every state should conduct their elections by mail.

At the U.S. Capitol on June 29, CNS News asked the representative, “Do you believe that someone should have to show their ID in order to buy alcohol?”

Rep. Bonamici said, “I think it depends on the circumstances. Sometimes, if they’re obviously not underage.”

In a follow-up question, CNS News asked, “Should someone be required to show an ID to vote?”

“I’m from Oregon, and we all vote by mail, and the signature is verified, so we don’t have to show ID to vote because we show ID when we register to vote and then the signatures are verified,” said Bonamici.  “If every state did that, we’d be much better off because it’s a very secure system that increases access to the ballot.”

When asked whether or not requiring voter ID should be left up to the states, Rep. Bonamici said, “I don’t think so.”

“I think at this point we’re at a time when there are allegations of voter fraud that are not supported by evidence, and we should set a standard, and that standard should increase access to the ballot and make voting accessible to every citizen,” she said.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Through their sweeping electoral change legislation, the For the People Act, which was filibustered in the Senate last week, Democrats sought to expand federal power over elections and undercut state voter ID laws. Although the legislation is going nowhere now, Democrats are pushing alternative bills.

On June 25, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “[I]n the first five months of this year alone, nearly 400 voter restriction bills have been introduced across 48 states [by Republicans].  This voter suppression campaign, deepened by vicious gerrymandering and a torrent of secret special interest money, cannot go unanswered.”

“Congress will continue the fight to pass H.R. 1, which would secure the ballot for voters now,” said Pelosi.  “As we do, we must also secure the ballot for the future, and so we will continue to advance H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

The Republican National Committee has denounced the Democrats’ efforts, saying, “Democrats are currently attempting a partisan power grab with their radical H.R. 1/S. 1 “For The Politicians” Act.” This bill, filibustered for the time-being, “is a federal takeover of state elections that would eviscerate commonsense state voter ID laws currently in place in many states, force states to allow ballot harvesting, and make taxpayers fund the campaigns of career politicians.”  

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