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Marc Veasey Intros Federal Law to Allow Voting Without ID

Marc Veasey Intros Federal Law to Allow Voting Without ID

Thirty-four states have some form of ID requirements at the polls, and seven states have strict photo ID laws -- no exceptions. Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) on Thursday introduced legislation to allow voters arriving at polls without the identification required by their state to submit a sworn, written statement affirming their identity -- just like absentee voters -- even if they do not have the state-required identification required. The America Votes Act would allow voters to submit a standard, not provisional, ballot. The legislation, which Veasey introduced with Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA), is modeled on the voting system in Washington state where voters can affirm their identity by submitting a similar written statement. “In 2019, voting should be easy,” said Veasey. “But getting a photo ID is far from simple; especially if you’re in one of the 34 states with voter ID laws and are Latino, African American, poor, or elderly.” The bill is included in H.R.1, the Democrats’ For the People Act -- a sweeping combination of election, campaign finance, and ethics reforms. More here.

New Members of Color on House Judiciary

New Members of Color on House Judiciary

Kamala Harris Raises $1.5 Million as Right Wingers Resurface Birtherism 

Kamala Harris Raises $1.5 Million as Right Wingers Resurface Birtherism