Sen. Thune: ‘Of Course, You Need an ID to Vote’

By Julia Johnson | June 24, 2021 | 10:48am EDT
Sen. John Thune (R-N.D.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. John Thune (R-N.D.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In reference to the Democrats’ “For the People Act,” which would eliminate state voter ID laws, Sen. John Thune (R-N.D.) said, “Of course, you need an ID to vote.” 

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered the “For the People Act,” preventing the legislation from moving forward in the Senate.

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

“Need an ID to buy alcohol? Well I think you already have to have an ID to buy alcohol,” he answered. 

“What about to vote?” CNS News prompted the senator. 

“Well, of course, you need an ID to vote,” he replied.

CNS News then asked, “Some of your colleagues have said that they support having an ID to buy alcohol but have refused to answer whether they support having an ID to vote. What do you think of that?”

“Well, I think that’s pretty hard to explain,” said Thune. “Fundamentally, if we’re talking about having secure and honest elections, people ought to be able to show who they say they are when they come to vote.” 

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The senator also said that voter IDs are a “prerequisite” to honest elections. 

The “For the People Act” was passed as H.R. 1 on March 3 in the House of Representatives. It then advanced to the Senate where Republicans filibustered and effectively killed S.1, the Senate version of the bill. 

There had been concern among Democrats that their entire caucus might not vote to move forward with the bill, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) penning a critical op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on June 6. 

Manchin highlighted the partisan nature of the bill, and criticized attempts to eliminate the filibuster. 

CNS News reported Tuesday that Manchin said “Absolutely, always ID,” when asked about requiring an ID to vote. S.1 sought to prohibit states from requiring a valid ID to vote, which reportedly is one of the reasons tension arose between Manchin and his Democrat colleagues. 

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(Getty Images)

S.1 would have effectively prohibited states from requiring voter ID, while also expanding mail-in voting and requiring states to have same-day voter registration. 

In a press conference with Republican leaders in the Senate, Thune said the bill was never designed to pass and was simply an exercise to check boxes for the Democrat’s base. 

 

Transcript

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

Sen. John Thune (R-N.D.): Need an ID to buy alcohol? Well I think you already have to have an ID to buy alcohol.

Johnson: Yes, what about to vote?

Thune: Well of course you need an ID to vote.

Johnson: Some of your colleagues have said that they support having an ID to buy alcohol but have refused to answer whether they support having an ID to vote. What do you think of that? 

Thune: Well, I think that’s pretty hard to explain. Fundamentally, if we’re talking about having secure and honest elections, people ought to be able to show who they say they are when they come to vote. If you’re talking about honest elections, that seems like a prerequisite to it. 

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