Illinois Democrats Shoot Down Voter ID Proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois Republicans have tried again to make voters show a photo ID before voting, and the proposal was once again shot down by Democrats.

Proponents say they want to cut down on voting fraud. They pointed to Saint Clair County, which they say has more registered voters than it has residents 18 or older. State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), chairman of the Senate Executive committee, says that’s not what this is about.

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“State after state controlled by Republicans are enacting laws that appear to be aimed at voters who are traditionally and stereotypically Democratic voters, making it more difficult for them to vote,” he said. “I think there are huge partisan overtones to this.”

An American Civil Liberties Union witness testified that in-person impersonation of a voter – the type of offense that a voter ID law would presumably prevent – rarely occurs and proponents of the voter ID law cannot cite any specific instance.

Opponents claim forcing presentation of ID is akin to a poll tax. Some low-income voters cannot afford a drivers’ license or state ID – and it thereby places an undue burden on their constitutional rights.

Two Republican measures would have achieved the same goal, but both remain in the Democrat-controlled Senate Executive Subcommittee on Elections.

The measures are SB 4750, sponsored by State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and SB 2496, sponsored by State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

  • Me

    In November I’m going to refuse to show ID as its not IL law to show it. See how that works.

  • Jim

    There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to not have a state issued photo ID. If the ID costs about $30(that’s only a guess) and people vote, say every other year, then the cost of the ID is 5 pennies a day. Everyone should obtain an ID if it is so extremely cheap. Even poor negros. Who the hell goes through their entire life, never needing an ID for anything? I can’t imagine it. The UCLA should keep their worthless ass out of it. This has nothing to do with racism or violation of any civil rights!!!!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      The ACLJew and dems need those minority votes!!!!!

      • G-Lep

        Hey — I’ve copyrighted the term “ACLJew®”, and you must pay me royalties for its use. Don’t MAKE me call my LaSalle Street lawyers, Dewey Cheatum & Howe!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        Sorry G-C#nt – I should’ve credited you when I used the term !!! LOL !!!

  • PG

    I believe that a state issued i.d. card costs $10 in Illinois. If a person cannot even afford $10 to purchase a legal form of i.d., then just what does that say about them? Should they even be allowed to vote? They obviously don’t have the mental capacity to efficiently manage their lives, what makes us think that they are able to use sound judgement in choosing a candidate?

    • Jim

      Sound judgement in choosing a candidate? Negros don’t need all of those facts on the issues or a candidates stand on issues. The only factor they consider is whether or not the candidate is black. If he is black, he automatically gets their vote. That’s how Jesse Jr. the racist crook got reelected!!!

  • Dan McGuire

    WAIT!, YOU need som sort of picture I.D to buy LIQUOR, TOBACCO, TO RENT EQUIP. I could go on. This is just a RUSE so Hispanics vot DEMOCRATIC in NOV.

    • Jim

      Mexicans will always vote Democrat. It’s their best chance to get amnesty for cousin Jose, Juan, Jesus, Emilio, Ernesto, Xavier, Martin, etc, etc, etc.


    STATE ID 20.00Some low-income voters cannot afford a drivers’ license or state ID – and it thereby places an undue burden on their constitutional rights.
    So if the cops stop me for anything I don’t have to show an I.D. ? BS they just want those “ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT” votes….but….this is what Mayor Rahm said about registering our dogs in Chicago “But, the system falls apart if you don’t have comprehensive and total enforcement. … You can’t have some people abiding by the law and others getting a break,” the mayor said then. OUR GOVERNMENT SUCKS !!!!!!

  • Anthony Ellis

    Why then did I have to show my id when voting in Tuesday’s primary? This state is full of it!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Are you caucasian?? If yes, that answers your question!!! Asking a minority for ID would be racist, right??

  • southside

    Absolutely shameful how these dems don’t repect the people who actually pay taxes. Vote them out.
    If you live outside of Crook County, you have absolutely no reason to vote for a democrat. You hardly have a reason if you live in the county, unless you have your hand out.

  • Jmason

    if you have to us a ID then the democratic may lost in Nov. They are not going to let that happen.

  • buttons

    Everyone should have to show an current ID when voting. Period.

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  • FTM

    so you can have a viable way of voter fraud. Duh…

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