Rep. Peters: Voter ID Laws Not ‘Justified’ If ‘The System is Working’

Elisabeth Nieshalla | July 1, 2021 | 10:32am EDT
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Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.)

(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. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) said “no,” and added that if “the system is working,” voter ID requirements are not justified.

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

Rep. Peters said, “I believe that’s generally state law, right?”

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

“I don’t think that’s traditionally been required -- no,” he said.

“Should it be?” CNS News asked.

The representative said, “I don’t think there’s much evidence of voter fraud under the current rules, if any.”

When asked whether requiring voter ID should be left up to the states or the federal government, Rep. Peters said, “I think there’s a federal interest in having people be not deterred from voting, and if the system is working in an open way, without those requirements, I don’t believe that they’re justified.”

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.”

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(Getty Images)

“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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