Donald Trump calls on states to pass voter ID requirements


Former President Trump urged states on Tuesday to pass voter ID laws requiring that people prove their identity before they can cast ballots and cited foreign precedents.

In a statement, the former president said lawmakers in the United Kingdom have proposed voters show a photo ID “to eliminate any corruption and fraud.”

“This is exactly what we should do in the United States,” Mr. Trump said. “All States should pass Voter ID laws along with many other fair and comprehensive election reforms, like eliminating mass mail-in voting and ballot harvesting, so we never again have an election rigged and stolen from us.”

Mr. Trump continues to claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. His campaign and allies filed a number of lawsuits challenging the election, but all were ultimately dismissed. 

Democrats are pushing a massive balloting-overhaul bill that would nationalize elections. 

One provision doesn’t allow states to require proof of identification for requesting absentee ballots. It also provides a workaround for voters who don’t show their ID at the polls, letting them sign a declaration attesting to their identity.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 36 states require voters to show ID. 

But Democrats and liberal advocacy groups are aiming to strike these state requirements with the federal legislation, saying requiring identification disenfranchises minority voters, reasoning that minorities do not have as much access to government IDs as White voters. 

Voter fraud and duplicate voting can be prevented by voter ID laws, according to conservatives who point to other countries that require voter ID. 

Canada, France, Argentina and Brazil are among the countries requiring voters to show identification to participate in their elections.

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