Sen. Tillis: ‘Yes,’ We Need ID to Vote, Just Like We Do to Buy Alcohol

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 22, 2021 | 1:10pm EDT


Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) (Getty Images)


(CNS News) -- In regard to the upcoming Senate procedural vote on S.1, the For the People Act, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said yes, he believes that voters should have to show their ID at the polls, “as does about 75 to 80 percent of the American people.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Sen. Tillis, “Do you believe that someone should have to show their ID in order to buy alcohol?”

He responded, “Yes.”

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

Sen. Tillis said, “Yeah, as does about 75 to 80 percent of the American people based on the last poll that I saw. I think you’ve got to do it -- last time I checked, to get on an airplane, to get on a long-haul bus ride, to get a hotel accommodation, to get most medical treatment. Last medical procedure I had I had to present a form of ID.”

The senator explained the importance of ensuring that all Americans are able to obtain an ID.

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(Getty Images)

“I think we need to provide easy access to, as I did when I was in North Carolina, even pay for it if someone can attest to the fact that they can’t pay the eight or 10 dollars that’s the typical government rate for it,” he said. “We should move Heaven and Earth to give them an ID, but then we should reasonably expect that they present it when they vote.”

The “For The People Act” was passed by the House of Representatives (HR 1) on March 3, 2021 and will be voted on by the Senate this week. 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 have 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.

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(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 jelly beans 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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