GOP Senator’s bill would require states that mandate vaccine passports to ALSO mandate voter ID

A U.S. senator wants to preemptively link a COVID-19 vaccine ID with voter ID such that you can’t have one without the other in states that receive federal funding.

In legislation that he is proposing, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) says that if states require a vaccine passport as a prerequisite for participating in commerce or recreational activities, then photo identification should logically follow to participate in voting.

“If states that take federal money for elections feel the need to make residents verify a piece of information as private as their vaccination status just to return to normalcy, then they should have no problem requiring people to prove they are who they say they are when they go to vote,” the lawmaker explained in a statement.

The bill “would ensure those states are being consistent about their identification requirements and shine a light on those who hypocritically oppose Voter ID laws but support vaccine passports,” he added.

Especially during the COVID era, consistency hasn’t been the Democrats’ strong suit, however, as many of them have abandoned their past support for civil liberties, privacy, and the concept of “my body, my choice,” as well as what constitutes or doesn’t constitute a super-spreader event.

With the possibility of Democrats losing control of Congress in the 2022 elections, the left appears to be creating a scenario for more universal mail-in voting, rather than in-person voting, with the Delta variant as a justification.

Should Cramer’s bill pass, which seems unlikely with a Democrat majority narrowly in control of both chambers, “all States which require vaccine passports or other such documentation [must] also require voter identification at the voting polls”

Most Democrats vehemently oppose the idea of producing a government-issued photo ID, typically a driver’s license, at a polling precinct, even though most Americans from all backgrounds overwhelmingly support the concept.

As a side note, Sen. Cramer appears to be pro-vaccine, but as he told CNN that “it is very important for self-governing people to get informed and make the decision they think is best for them and their family.”

So far, the Biden administration has ruled out a federal vaccine passport, although it is requiring all government employees to get the jab. In an announcement on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that New York City will require proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses as of August 16, the first major municipality to do so.

Although no statewide vaccine card requirements have yet gone into effect, and 20 states — including Cramer’s North Dakota — have enacted an outright ban, several blue states have co-ventured with the private sector create optional digital vaccine passport apps as a way to encourage the private sector to move in that direction. For example, scandal-ridden New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing private businesses to implement a “vaccine-only” admissions policy. It’s not clear where this will lead in the long run.

“Oregon is requiring retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores and other establishments to review customers’ vaccination status cards that they receive after getting the shot in exchange for services, according to local reports,” Fox News detailed.

Parenthetically, Donald Trump Jr. has ridiculed the social media left for their #VaxToVote hypocrisy.

 

Robert Jonathan

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