Sen. Daines: ‘Yes,’ Voter ID, Make ‘Voting Easier, Cheating Harder’

By Julia Johnson | June 24, 2021 | 12:33pm EDT
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)  (Getty images)
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) (Getty images)

(CNS News) -- In reference to the For the People Act, which would prohibit states’ voter ID laws and which was filibustered in the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said, “yes,” we need voter IDs, and added that we need to “make voting easier and cheating harder.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Senator Daines, “Do you think we should require an ID to buy alcohol?”

“An ID to buy alcohol? Yes,” he replied. 

CNS News then asked, “And to vote?”

He again replied, “Yes.”

“What do you think of some of your colleagues who think we should have an ID to buy alcohol or drive a car but not to vote? Or refuse to answer?” CNS News asked the senator.

Daines said, “I think it’s inconsistent. About 80% of the American people support the idea of requiring a photo ID to vote.”

“We need to make voting easier and cheating harder,” he added. 

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans filibustered the “For the People Act,” preventing it from moving to debate in the Senate. The vote was 50-50 along partisan lines. Sixty votes were needed to advance the legislation.

“Now, Republican senators may have prevented us from having a debate on voting rights today,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “But I want to be very clear about one thing: the fight to protect voting rights is not over. By no means. In the fight for voting rights, this vote was the starting gun, not the finish line.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, "Look, what this is really about is an effort for the federal government to take over the way we conduct elections in this country…. It is a solution in search of a problem."

Transcript

Julia Johnson: “Do you think we should require an ID to buy alcohol?”

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.): “An ID to buy alcohol? Yes.” 

Johnson: “And to vote?”

Daines: “Yes.”

Johnson: “What do you think of some of your colleagues who think we should have an ID to buy alcohol or drive a car but not to vote? Or refuse to answer?”

Daines: “I think it’s inconsistent. About 80% of the American people support the idea of requiring a photo ID to vote. We need to make voting easier and cheating harder.”

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