Dear Republican Friend,
The House has approved â€“ for the fifth and hopefully final
time â€“ legislation providing that voters in our state show a picture ID when
Now, Voter ID is only one vote away from becoming law.
This week, the House Republicans stripped everything out of
the bill that didnâ€™t strictly deal with showing an ID at the polls â€“ all of the
early voting and absentee provisions that fueled most of the debate and threw
up the most roadblocks.
Attaching non-related voting provisions to the Voter ID bill
have killed it in previous years.
So the House Republican Caucus decided to make this a very
simple issue: The Voter ID bill is about showing an ID and securing our
electoral process. Period. Show an appropriate, state-issued, picture ID and
validate that it is you casting your vote. As some of my colleagues have said:
â€œIf you can fly with it, you can vote with it.â€
There is companion legislation now moving through the House,
introduced by Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas, that addresses the early voting
issue. The legitimate issues surrounding early voting need to be vetted through
the committee process â€“ with public hearings, testimony, and a full debate on
the pros and cons. To date, that hasnâ€™t happened in the House.
So we sent the Senate the â€œcleanâ€ Voter ID bill. Now
it is time for the Senate to act so we can send this legislation to the
All the Senate Republicans have to do is hold firm and vote to "concur" with the House version.
Iâ€™m asking you, and every other Republican activist in the
state, to call your Senator. Tell him to vote to "concur" with the House version of the bill. (Just as State Republican Chairman Karen Floyd urged on Thursday.) Tell him to you want the Voter ID bill and JUST the
Voter ID bill â€“ so we can fulfill a major plank of the state Republican party
platform and finally move on to other critically important issues.
For a list of Republican Senators and how to contact them, click here.
Thank you for your continued support of the House Republican
Rep. Kenny Bingham
House Majority Leader