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Voter I.D. question gets a hearing in Colorado

By | February 3rd, 2011

I testified before the Colorado House Committee on State Affairs on Wednesday about the strange way in which I voted on Nov. 2. It was easier for me to vote (by showing my utility bill as identification) than to try to get a Denver Public Library card, which required a photo identification. The Denver Post later editorialized in favor of stricter voter ID standards in Colorado.

Legislators are considering a bill sponsored by Rep. Ken Summers, R-Littleton, and Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Wheat Ridge, that would require a photo ID in order to vote. Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, asked me why signing a poll book was not (and is not – in my mind) sufficient assurance that a voter is who he or she claims to be. She also gave examples of how photo ID might not prevent fraud anyway.

Over the course of my testimony, I also explained exactly why this issue is so important to me:

“It’s an affront to someone like me to have that which I hold most sacred – my vote – and the way that I express my love of my country by voting, to have that have a lower standard than my ability to get a book.”

The bill passed the committee on a straight party-line vote (Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed) last night and is headed next to the House Appropriations Committee.

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