Rep. Wilson: Opposing Voter ID Reveals Disinterest in Election Integrity and Security

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 30, 2021 | 11:40am EDT
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

(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. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said, “Sure,” and added, “To be against voter ID is really tragically revealing of not promoting election integrity and security.”

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

Rep. Wilson said, “Sure.”

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

“Sure,” he said.  “Also to get a prescription. And I learned a lesson, okay? And that is that we were told that people couldn’t get an ID and that people of age couldn’t figure out how to get an ID. That’s not true.”

“I was getting a prescription and this really nice young pharmacist was there, and she asked me for my ID, even knowing I was a member of Congress,” said Wilson. “And I said, ‘Sure,’ and then I said, ‘Hey, do people of age have IDs?’ And she started laughing and said, ‘Of course they do.’”

“And so, to be against voter ID is really tragically revealing of not promoting election integrity and security,” Rep. Wilson 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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