House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., has expressed robust opposition to voter identification necessities up to now, however now that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is pushing for it in an effort to achieve a voting reform compromise, he claims he has “always” been a fan.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Clyburn asserted that he “absolutely” might again Manchin’s ID proposal.
“When I first registered to vote as a 21-year-old – back then, 18-year-olds could not vote – I got a voter registration card and I always present that voter registration card to vote. And that’s voter ID,” Clyburn stated. “We are always for voter ID. We are never for disproportionate voter ID.”
The Democratic chief then defined that if a state permits sure kinds identification for one other goal, it must be acceptable for voting as nicely.
“When you tell me that you got to have a photo ID and a photo for a student or activity card is not good but for a hunting license it is good, that’s where the rub is,” he stated.
While Clyburn now says that he has all the time supported a voter ID requirement, which is extensively supported by the general public, his previous feedback point out in any other case. In October, he tweeted that voter ID legal guidelines, lengthy strains at polling websites, and closed polling areas had been “all voter suppression.”
Clyburn has additionally been essential of Manchin and his proposed voting reform compromise. After the West Virginia Democrat recommended stripping away a number of the extra controversial parts of his occasion’s For the People Act in favor of one thing that could be extra palatable to conservatives, Clyburn rejected the try at a compromise.
“I’m insulted when he tells me that it’s more important to maintain a relationship with the minority in the U.S. Senate than it is for you to maintain a relationship with the minority of voters in America,” Clyburn instructed HuffPost in April. “That’s insulting to me.”