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Boehner: Large Majority of Americans Support Photo ID for Voting

Location: Washington, DC

Boehner: Large Majority of Americans Support Photo ID for Voting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today praised House passage of the Federal Election Integrity Act (H.R. 4844), legislation introduced by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) to require the use of photo ID in voting to help preserve the integrity of federal elections and prevent voter fraud:

"A large majority of Americans support using a photo ID at the polls because it is a common sense idea whose time has come. This important safeguard will give the American people confidence that the fundamental integrity of their votes is being protected. This bill also takes important steps to ensure that individuals who cannot afford to pay states are provided the necessary photo ID free of charge. Rep. Hyde and Chairman Ehlers deserve great credit for working to ensure that the rights of legal voters are preserved, and that the integrity of America's voting system is protected."

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll demonstrated that 81 percent of the people surveyed expressed support for requiring a photo ID at the polls. In addition, using a photo ID for voting was a central recommendation of the bipartisan commission headed on federal election reform headed by Former President Jimmy Carter and Former Secretary of State James Baker. Likewise, prominent Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young has also endorsed using photo ID.

Boehner represents Ohio's Eighth Congressional District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

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