Rep. Espaillat: Signing an Affidavit to Vote is Enough, ‘Rampant’ Voter Fraud is a ‘Big Lie’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | July 8, 2021 | 10:09am EDT
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.)   (Getty Images)
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether a person should be required to show an ID in order to vote, as is often required to purchase alcohol, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) said signing an affidavit affirming one’s identity should be sufficient when voting. He added that “rampant” voting fraud in the United States is a “big lie.”

At the U.S. Capitol on June 29, CNS News asked the representative, “Should someone be required to show an ID in order to buy alcohol?”

Rep. Espaillat said, “People [are] approved all the time, minors proved, right? If you’re an adult, should I be proved? Should I show an ID? I’m 66 years old. You’re selling alcohol to me. You going to ask me for proof?”

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

“I think if somebody signs an affidavit saying that they meet all the criteria to vote, then they should be allowed to vote,” Rep. Espaillat said. “If you sign an affidavit, some kind of document that attests that what you’re saying is true, and if you violate that, then you’re held to the content of the law regarding that.”

When asked whether eliminating voter ID would impact the security of the country’s elections, Rep. Espaillat said, “No, I don’t think there’s been rampant fraud in America. There are isolated cases as in any country, in any democratic country across the world, but no one yet has shown me a pattern or evidence of rampant fraud anywhere in the United States of America. That’s called the Big Lie.”

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Through their sweeping electoral change legislation, the For the People Act, which was filibustered in the Senate on June 22, 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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