Sen. Markey on Voter ID: Republicans 'Want to Make it Hard' for Older Blacks to Vote

By Julia Johnson | June 25, 2021 | 10:21am EDT
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)   (Getty images)
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) (Getty images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether people should be required to produce an ID in order to vote, just as they must produce an ID to buy alcohol, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said such a measure is being pushed by Republicans to "make it hard" for older African Americans to vote. 

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNS News asked the senator, "Since people are required to show an ID to buy alcohol, should they also be required to show an ID to vote?"

Senator Markey said, "Well, my own belief is that what the Republicans are trying to do is to say to an 85-year-old African American woman that, somehow or other, she can't be trusted with an ID."

"That woman would not need to have an ID to go into an alcohol store, okay?" he added.  "But they want to make it hard for her to vote. That's really what they're most afraid of."

Senate bill S.1, the For the People Act, would have allowed the federal government to override all state voter ID laws. The measure was successfully filibustered by the Republicans on Tuesday, preventing the bill from moving forward in the Senate. 

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