Sen. Cramer wants states with vaccine passports to mandate voter ID

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Sen. Cramer wants states with vaccine passports to mandate voter ID

North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer is pushing for legislation to force states that are requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports to also mandate voter identification.

The Republican argued on Tuesday that states requiring people to show proof of vaccination — such as New York — should have no issue also proving their identity when they vote.

“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,” Cramer said in a statement to Fox News.

Cramer’s proposed legislation comes as New York City announced it was mandating proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses, including indoor restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms.

No states have made proof of vaccines mandatory yet but New York, California and Hawaii have all created optional vaccine digital passports for residents.

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New Yorkers can currently use the Excelsior Pass as a digital vaccine passport.
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Cramer’s North Dakota is among the 20 states who have already vowed not to introduce a statewide vaccine proof requirement.

The Biden administration has also ruled out any kind of federal vaccine passport mandate.

Both vaccine passports and voter ID have caused a divide among Democrats and Republicans in recent months.

Cramer argued that states — such as New York and California — receive millions in federal grants annually to assist with election administration expenditure but they do not have voter ID requirements.

He said his 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.”

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Cramer argued that certain states receive millions in federal grants annually to assist with election administration expenditure but do not have voter ID requirements.
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Cramer is currently seeking cosponsors for the legislation.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans support the implementation of stricter voting laws, including voter ID requirements, according to a poll published in July.

The polling, commissioned by the Republican National Committee and conducted by former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, found 80 percent of its participants felt verifying voter ID was “an important security measure.”

The poll was conducted with 800 registered voters: 31 percent of whom identify as Democrats, 29 percent as Republicans and 36 percent as independents.

Sen. Kevin Cramer
Cramer’s proposed legislation comes as New York City announced it was mandating proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses.
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In mandating vaccine proof on Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “It’s time for people to see vaccination as necessary to living a good and full and healthy life.”

“This is crucial, because we know that this will encourage a lot more vaccination.

“If we’re going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now… This is going to make clear, you want to enjoy everything great in this summer of New York City? Go get vaccinated.”

The program is modeled after the vaccine passport programs rolled out in France and other European countries, officials said.

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