State senators pushing for voter ID law

May 07, 2018 06:41 AM

Should you have to prove who you are when you vote? 

It is a controversial issue being debated in Albany. The purpose of this bill is straightforward.


It would require voters to show a government-issued ID, such as a driver's license or passport, when they show up to the polls in order to vote.

The bill is sponsored by three state senators. They are all Republicans, including Pat Gallivan who represents the 59th District which covers part of Western New York.

The legislation would also affect anyone who registered to vote by mail, on or after January 1, 2003, or anyone who has never voted in an election for federal office.

There is also a clause that would allow you to vote if you don't have an ID, but if you have something showing your name and address, like a utility bill, that can be verified.

Supporters believe creating a new law cuts back on fraud. Opponents argue it discriminates against minorities.

Currently, the bill is before the Senate Elections Committee. The next step would take it to the floor for a vote.

The expectations that it could ever make it through an Assembly controlled by Democrats are not high.


Brennan Somers

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