Rep. McEachin: Federal Gov’t, Not States, Should Decide on Voter ID

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | July 8, 2021 | 12:10pm EDT
Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.)  (Getty Images)
Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) (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. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) said, “It should be a federal government decision.”

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. McEachin said, “I think if you’re underage, yeah. To make sure that you’re the proper age, yes ma’am.”

In a follow-up question, CNS News asked, “And what about to vote?”

“Voting is a civil right. I don’t think so, no. But I’m happy to live with the compromises that are being proposed,” said Rep. McEachin.

“Do you believe that should be left up to the state or federal government to decide whether people should be required to show an ID?”

Rep. McEachin said, “I think it’s a civil right, so I think it should be up to the federal government. I think it should be a federal government decision.”

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.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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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