Skip to comments.Iowa House OKS requiring photo ID to vote
Posted on 01/27/2011 4:07:35 PM PST by Free Vulcan
DES MOINES - Despite Democratic objections that it was a "solution in search of a problem," the Iowa House approved requiring Iowans to show a photo ID to vote.
"This is a bill created to create a problem," Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, said before the House voted 60-40 to send the measure to the Senate.
Floor manager Rep. Renee Schulte, R-Cedar Rapids, called the bill necessary to protect the integrity of elections and to make voting more uniform across the state. Now, election official may ask for a photo ID. HF 95 would remove that subjectivity by requiring everyone to show their ID.
Democrats said House File 95, which is modeled after Indiana's law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, should be called a voter suppression act.
"Voting is a right. It is not a privilege. It is a right," said Rep. Mary Gaskill, D-Ottumwa, a former county commissioner of elections. "If a person goes into vote, does not have a photo ID and cannot devote the time and expense to acquiring one, their right to vote has been denied."
Rights come with responsibility, said Rep. Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake.
"If you're not willing to accept that responsibility, maybe put in a little effort on your part to get a photo ID, study the issues, register, that doesn't say a whole lot about you interest in your government and what's going on around you," Worthan said.
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Let’s hope this goes national. I can’t imagine why anyone would want it to be otherwise.
Texas Senate also passed something like that.
No more bringing a utility bill as ID on election day!
This is an important move to stop ACORN and the like from pulling another Claire McCackle.
Texas just got a photo ID passed in the State Senate. With the Texas House at 101 - 49 GOP advantage it should be passed, signed by the Governor and the law before the end of this year.
Have to get it past King Grand-Stall in the Senate before Gov B. can sign it into law.
SCOTUS has been crystal clear on this issue. There is no “right” to vote. States are, or were, free to set their own qualifications to cast a ballot.
Whatever - some liberal judge will whack it down.
What poor person cant get a state ID?
I can damn well guarantee you that if it’s needed to get their welfare cash, they would be camped out in front of the SOS to make sure they had one then.
All they’d have to do is give up 2 or 3 packs of cigs in a year’s time and they could save enough to pay for one. I think they are still under $10.
Read the article closer newb:
“Democrats said House File 95, which is modeled after Indiana’s law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court...”
Thank God some grown ups are back in control in DM. There is only one reason for anyone to claim it is not necessary to provide a photo ID to vote. You don’t think Dims want to make it easy to commit voter fraud, do you? Nah, can’t be.
That is messed up.
Well, so how many voter ID laws have been shot down by federal judges? Georgia as an example? I was talking generically. How many laws on voting are being shot down by federal judges is my point.
"Voting is a right. It is not a privilege. It is a right," said Rep. Mary Gaskill, D-Ottumwa, a former county commissioner of elections. "If a person goes into vote, does not have a photo ID and cannot devote the time and expense to acquiring one, their right to vote has been denied." Rights come with responsibility, said Rep. Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake. "If you're not willing to accept that responsibility, maybe put in a little effort on your part to get a photo ID, study the issues, register, that doesn't say a whole lot about you interest in your government and what's going on around you," Worthan said.Thanks Free Vulcan.
Gary,Indiana doesn't need Chicago residents adding to the Democratic Party numbers.
Whats the big deal?
If you want to vote , show a photo ID.
If you want to run for President show a Birth Certificate.
Ummmmm...problem solved. Every county should have one or two police, fire, meter readers, etc. that go to the pooooor voter's house and give them their ap and take their picture.
No picture ID, no vote. I can't believe we are still arguing about this stupidity. On the other hand, Barry can't even come up with his BC...so this is just par for the course. Uggggh.
Word up in the hood says an AZ type proof of eligibility bill might be put up in the IA legislature this session.
Make them free, but check for outstanding warrants when they apply.
ATM I'm to lazy to check the D's and R's.
The "problem" being that it will make it much harder to steal an election.
Yep, and this is on the "fast track" by Govenor "Rick". It will be law soon in Texas. The election fraud in Houston and Dallas are about to go down a notch.
While it is true that voting is a right, it is also true that rights can be taken away or, forfeited. For example, felons in some states cannot vote. Only citizens have the right to vote, these are simple concepts to understand.
Certainly there is no “right” to vote more than once - ensuring the security and viability and accuracy of elections is vital to the democratic process. Election fraud is poison, er, a cancer, on the body politic - no matter who does it. Honestly, the percentage of citizens who cannot or will not obtain ID is trivial, and it might be argued perhaps they shouldn’t be voting? It just doesn’t rise to a credible level - citizens have to prove identity many, many times - from renting a movie to buying a house, purchasing alcohol or weapons, air travel, the list is endless, with many of these requirements enacted by those of the same mindset who now claim otherwise for voting.
Let’s put it to a vote.
Over the next 20 years, we will have baby boomers who can’t get to the polls and need somebody to come register their vote. Lucky thing we have a hospice infrastructure ready and willing to do so. :(
Texas voter ID bill passes Senate, heads to House
“Texas Republican leaders have scored their first major legislative victory of the 2011 session with Senate passage of a bill requiring most residents to present photo identification before being allowed to vote.”
“The legislation, which exempts certain disabled people and those 70 and older, passed the Senate along partisan lines after majority Republicans shot down one Democratic amendment after another. One last-minute change both sides could agree on in the pro-gun Texas Legislature: a provision adding a concealed weapons permit as a valid form of identification.”
“The bill now moves to the state House, where passage is considered likely. GOP Gov. Rick Perry supports the measure.”
82R302 JRJ-D By: Berman H.B. No. 295 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to certification for placement on the ballot of candidates for president or vice-president of the United States. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 192.033, Election Code, is amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (d) to read as follows: (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c) or (d), the secretary of state shall certify in writing for placement on the general election ballot the names of the candidates for president and vice-president who are entitled to have their names placed on the ballot. (d) The secretary of state may not certify the name of a candidate for president or vice-president unless the candidate has presented the candidate's original birth certificate indicating that the person is a natural-born United States citizen. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
Ya ever notice that it is always the democrats that don't want voters to have to show an ID?
Because one party's electoral success depends on the votes of ineligible and fraudulent voters, maybe?