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Washington state Sen. Linda Parlette will introduce bill to require photo I.D. to vote, now that U.S. Supreme Court says it’s OK

Post by Joe Turner on April 30, 2008 at 11:07 am |
April 30, 2008 11:07 am

Keep in mind that Sen. Linda Evans Parlette is a Republican from Wenatchee in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. And that isn’t likely to change this fall.


And Democrats don’t like the photo I.D. requirement, even if the Supremes say it’s legal to do.


Here’s the good senator’s news release:


Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (360) 786-7622


Parlette will again sponsor bill to require photo ID to vote at polls

Supreme Court ruling gives Washington the green light to protect integrity of voting process, she says


OLYMPIA… Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this week upholding an Indiana state law requiring photo identification for in-person voting, Sen. Linda Evans Parlette has announced that she will again sponsor a bill to require Washington voters to provide photo ID when voting at the polls.



In 2006, Parlette, R-Wenatchee, sponsored Senate Bill 6333, which would have required voters to show photo ID – a valid driver’s license, state ID card, U.S. passport or tribal ID card – when voting at the polls. The bill did not receive a hearing.


"I believe very strongly in the integrity of our voting process and what that means for our country and our state, and requiring photo ID at the polls is a big part of protecting that integrity," Parlette said. "When I sponsored Senate Bill 6333 in 2006, some said that the idea of requiring photo ID may not be constitutional. Now we have our answer. The Supreme Court ruling this week was an important victory against the potential for voter fraud and gives Washington the green light to pass a law protecting one of our most important rights. I am looking forward to sponsoring a bill to require photo ID at the polls in the 2009 session and am hopeful it will get a hearing and be passed into law."


Indiana’s law requires citizens voting in person on Election Day, or casting a ballot in person at the office of the circuit court clerk prior to Election Day to present photo ID issued by the government. In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that Indiana’s interests in protecting the integrity of the electoral process by deterring and detecting voter fraud were relevant, and that it is not unduly burdensome for a voter to obtain a photo ID, which voters in Indiana can get for free upon establishing their residence and identity.

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