Vote number 2007-269 requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections
on Jul 19, 2007
regarding bill S.2350, amending SP2350 Dole Amendment to the Help America Vote Act
Results: Rejected, 42-54 (3/5 required)
Vote on Dole Amdt. S.2350, amending SP2350 (via the College Cost Reduction Act): To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require individuals voting in person to present photo identification.
Proponents support voting YES because:
Sen. DOLE. I am proposing a commonsense measure to uphold the integrity of Federal elections. My amendment to require voters to show photo identification at the polls would go a long way in minimizing potential for voter fraud. When a fraudulent vote is cast and counted, the vote of a legitimate voter is cancelled. This is wrong, and my amendment would help ensure that one of the hallmarks of our democracy, our free and fair elections, is protected. Opinion polls repeatedly confirm that Americans overwhelmingly support this initiative.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:
Sen. FEINSTEIN. If one would want to suppress the vote in the 2008 election, one would vote for this because this measure goes into effect January 1, 2008. It provides that everybody who votes essentially would have to have a photo ID. If you want to suppress the minority vote, the elderly vote, the poor vote, this is exactly the way to do it. Many of these people do not have driver's licenses. This amendment would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to actually carry out. It goes into effect--surprise--January 1, 2008 [to affect the presidential election]. I urge a "no" vote.
Voting YES counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 9;
Which of the following comes closest to your personal opinion?
Voting NO counts as answer C on AmericansElect question 9
- A: To make this country great, we should return to the examples and values of our forefathers
- B: This country is already great, we shouldn't change a thing
- C: To make this country great, we should keep building and adapting for the future
voting on 2007-269
||YES||FL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.|
||NO||VT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative|