Should sworn written ballots be allowed if a voter does not have a government issued identification?
• "There’s no rational argument against requiring state ID – provided for free to those who don’t have a driver’s license – for absentee ballots. …every absentee ballot request that came in through the state website was cross-referenced with the driver’s license database and other records. The left said that photo ID for in-person voting would suppress votes. It didn’t. Registration and turnout soared, hitting new records with each election cycle." Source: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (Republican, Georgia)
• "Voting should be made easier, not harder amid a global pandemic. But getting a photo ID in order to vote is far from simple; especially if you’re in one of the 34 states with voter ID laws and are Latino, African American, poor, disabled, or elderly. The wave of discriminatory and restrictive photo voter ID laws implemented after the Shelby decision purposely silenced thousands of American voters, including minority voters across Texas. I’m re-introducing the America Votes Act with Rep. Larsen because more must be done to reverse these unjust laws and ensure that Americans are able to safely and effectively participate in our democracy through voting." Source: Rep. Marc Veasey (Democrat, Texas, District 33)
This bill would give federal protections for individuals who do not own a government-issued identification but wish to vote in elections. If a state has a voter ID law, this bill would allow a person to present a sworn written statement signed by said individual attesting to their identity and permitting them to vote. Copies of sworn statements would be available at polling places for election officials to distribute along with standard non-provisional ballots. If an individual wishes to vote by mail, they can send their signed statement along with their ballot in the mail. Sponsor: Rep. Rick Larsen (Democrat, Washington, District 2)