With election week quickly approaching, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is urging the state’s General Assembly to reject House Bill 934, which requires all voters to present government photo identification each time they vote. The bill aims to protect against voter fraud at the polls.
The Fourth District Councilman and Maria Quiñones-Sanchez contend the bill — passed by the state House of Representatives on June 28— will discriminate against African-American and Latino voters, the disabled, senior citizens, homeless, low-income citizens and young voters.
Their resolution states that as many as 11-percent of all legal voters do not have a current government photo ID. It also says African-American and Latino voters, the disabled, senior citizens, homeless, low-income citizens and young voters are among the least likely to possess driver’s licenses.
The resolution will be up for final passage on Nov. 10.