Sen. Cornyn: ‘Absolutely,’ We Should Require ID to Vote

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 22, 2021 | 2:58pm EDT
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)  (Getty Images)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In regard to the upcoming Senate procedural vote on S.1, the For the People Act, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)  said “absolutely,” voters should have to show ID at the polls, just as people have to show ID to purchase alcohol.

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

He said, “I think that’s a matter of state law, yeah.”

CNS News then asked, “And what about to vote?”

“Absolutely,” said the senator.

The “For The People Act” was passed by the House of Representatives (HR 1) on March 3. The Senate version of the bill, S.1 is now under consideration. It proposes election reform by prohibiting states from requiring voters to show an ID at the polls. It would also require states to provide same-day voter registration and expand mail-in voting opportunities.

The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on S.1 today, June 22, on whether to proceed with the legislation. Republicans reportedly will try to filibuster the bill.

In a statement, the Republican National Committee said of the legislation, “The Democrats’ S. 1 is an unprecedented partisan power grab that seeks to undermine the sanctity of the ballot by codifying a federal takeover of local elections. The Democrat politicians act seeks to eviscerate widely supported voter ID requirements and use taxpayer dollars to bankroll political campaigns.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

“Americans understand states should run their own elections -- not unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC. As Democrats continue their assault on election integrity, the Republican Party remains committed to making it easier to vote and harder to cheat."

The RNC noted that, “75% of voters, including 69% of Black voters, support voter ID laws, a finding that is consistent with polls for years.”

Speaking about S.1 on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “Our country has supposedly come a long way since African-Americans in the South were forced to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar in order to vote; but some of these voter suppression laws in Georgia and other Republican states smack of Jim Crow -- Jim Crow in the 21st Century, rearing its ugly head once again.

"And that’s why we need S.1. so badly, a bill that would combat all of these voter suppression efforts by restoring critical parts of the Voting Rights Act; a bill that would make it easier—not harder—to vote by automatically registering American voters when they get a driver’s license; a bill that would limit dark money and corruption in our politics, and much more."

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