Scalise: ‘Absolutely’ Require Voter ID

By Julia Johnson | June 29, 2021 | 4:22pm EDT
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)  (Getty Images)
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether a person should be required to show an ID in order to vote, as is required to purchase alcohol, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said, “Absolutely.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Rep. Scalise, “Since we require someone to show an ID to buy alcohol, should we also require an ID to vote?”

He said, “Absolutely,” and added, “That ensures the integrity of everyone who votes in the United States.” 

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.” 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (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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