Sen. Lankford: ‘Yes, I Do’ Think We Should Require Voter ID

By Julia Johnson | June 22, 2021 | 5:21pm EDT
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) said, "Yes, I do” believe that people should be required to show an ID when voting, adding that “it’s the most basic thing.”  Today, the Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on S.1, the For the People Act, legislation that would eviscerate voter ID laws in 36 states. 

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

He replied, “Yes, I do, actually.”

CNS News followed-up, “What about to vote?” Lankford said, “Yes, I do, actually.”

CNS News then asked the senator, “what do you say to some of your colleagues who don’t think we need an ID to vote, but should have one for alcohol, driving, and countless other things?”

Lankford said, “Or coming into a federal building, yeah. It’s the most basic thing. Everybody should have the ability to be able to get an ID. We want to encourage people to be able to vote and do everything we can to make sure that we can make it easy for people to vote. But verifying the ID of someone shouldn’t be hard, as well.”

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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.

The Wall Street Journal has reported, “A study by economist John Lott finds that 46 of 47 European countries require government-issued photo ID to vote. The exception is Great Britain (although not Northern Ireland).”

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