From Democratic Underground:
ACTION ALERT; Immigration Bill has Mandatory State Voter ID. No Way
Here we go. McConnell, co Sponsor of HAVA is SNEAKING IN MANDATORY STATE VOTER ID’S FOR EVERYBODY in the Immigration bill.
CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW AND TELL THEM NO WAY FOR “SA4085” – No mandatory State Voter ID’s. THIS IS HUGE!!!
Senate Phone numbers] – Please CALL first then email or write. We can beat this!!!
SA 4085. Mr. McCONNELL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 2611, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __X. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.
(a) Requirement (etc.)
“(8) An indication of whether the person is a United States citizen.”.
(b) Identification Required for Voting in Person.–
(1) IN GENERAL.–Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15481 et seq.) is amended by redesignating sections 304 and 305 as sections 305 and 306, respectively, and by inserting after section 303 the following new section:
“SEC. 304. IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS AT THE POLLS.
“(a) In General.–Notwithstanding the requirements of section 303(b), each State shall require individuals casting ballots in an election for Federal office in person to present before voting a current valid photo identification which is issued by a governmental entity and which meets the requirements of subsection (b) of section 202 of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (49 U.S.C. 30301 note).
“(b) Effective Date.–Each State shall be required to comply with the requirements of subsection (a) on and after May 11, 2008.”.
(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.–Section 401 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15511) is amended by striking “and 303” and inserting “303, and 304”.
(c) Funding for Free Photo Identifications.–Subtitle D of title II of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15401 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
“PART 7–PHOTO IDENTIFICATION
“SEC. 297. PAYMENTS FOR FREE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.