Rep. Omar: ‘I Fought Against Voter ID Laws,’ We Don’t Need ‘Restrictions’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 30, 2021 | 12:53pm EDT
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)   (Getty images)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (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. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said there should be no “restrictions or qualifications in regards to people who are registering to vote.”

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

Rep. Omar said, “That is the law.”

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

“That is not the law,” said Rep. Omar.

She continued: “I fought against voter ID laws in Minnesota because I don’t think that we should be creating any restrictions or qualifications in regards to people who are registering to vote.”

When asked whether she is concerned about how eliminating voter ID would impact the security of the country’s elections, Rep. Omar said, “It does not” affect the elections.

“We have not had security problems in Minnesota, and we haven’t had voter ID,” she said.

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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.”

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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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