Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 985, The Voter Integrity Act of 2017, which will require every voter to present a valid form of photo identification before casting a ballot.
“Elections provide California’s citizens a powerful voice to change our political process,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “We cannot allow Californians’ voices to be undermined by criminal operators that would use identity theft to affect outcomes of elections.”
“Californians use our IDs for everything, from buying groceries with a credit card, to cashing a check or boarding an airplane. It only makes sense that we should positively identify ourselves when exercising our most basic right as citizens: the right to vote.”
Under current law, Californians are not required to show any identification when voting at the polls, despite requirements that valid ID must be presented when registering to vote. Voter Identification laws are widely used in the United States with Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi,Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Texas all having voter ID laws.
“Voter fraud is identity theft. Law abiding citizens deserve the protection of their civil rights and the security of knowing that California will no longer turn a blind eye to those who would cheat our system by voting illegally.”
“Any time a vote is fraudulently cast, it negates a legitimate vote by an honest citizen,” said Allen. “This legislation is a common sense measure to ensure that every citizen’s’ vote is protected.”
This article was released by the Office of Assemblyman Travis Allen.