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05-SC53 on Sep 20, 2005

Bill Sponsorship: rejecting photo ID requirements for voting
Source: Resolution on Voting (S.CON.RES.53)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Expresses the sense of Congress that:
  1. a requirement that U.S. citizens obtain photo identification cards before being able to vote has not been shown to ensure ballot integrity and places an undue burden on citizens' legitimate voting rights; (
  2. the Department of Justice should challenge any state law that limits a citizen's ability to vote based on discriminatory photo identification requirements; and
  3. any effort to impose national photo identification requirements for voting should be rejected.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: I am submitting a resolution to express the Senate's strong disapproval of recent efforts to disenfranchise Americans. Unfortunately, too many electoral reform efforts seem intent on limiting access to the ballot as opposed to expanding it. In the mid-20th century, the poll tax was the preferred means of disenfranchising large minority populations, specifically African Americans. Today, the poll tax is taking on a new form--a photo identification requirement for voters.

According to the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, such a requirement would "impose an additional expense on the exercise of the franchise, a burden that would fall disproportionately on people who are poorer and urban." Nevertheless, a number of States, including Georgia, have recently passed laws mandating government-issued photo identification for voters at the polls. Nationwide, at least 12% of eligible drivers do not have a driver's license. And Georgia has made it difficult for rural and urban folks to obtain their voter photo identification.

The Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform acknowledges that there is "no evidence of extensive fraud in U.S. elections or of multiple voting."

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Reject photo ID requirements for voting
  • Headline 2: Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting

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Democrats participating in 05-SC53

Daniel Akaka s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Evan Bayh s1oIN Former Democratic Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Jon Corzine s1oNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Mark Dayton s1oMN Democratic Governor 
Chris Dodd s2iCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas Democrat 
Byron Dorgan s1oND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Steny Hoyer s1oMaryland Democrat 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
John Lewis s2pGeorgia Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Brad Miller s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Richard Neal s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Pryor s1oAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1oNV Democratic Sr Senator 
Ken Salazar s1oCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 
Paul Sarbanes s1oMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006) 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 05-SC53



Independents participating in 05-SC53

Joseph Lieberman s1oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 49
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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