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Vitter Offers Budget Amendment to Require Photo ID to Vote in Federal Elections

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today offered an amendment to the Senate budget resolution to require a valid government-issued photographic ID to vote in a federal election.

"Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals should all agree that ensuring election integrity is vital to maintain an honest and healthy representative democracy," Vitter said. "Photographic IDs are required for many day to day activities: driving, opening a bank account, getting on a plane or entering a federal building, and a citizen's vote in a federal election should not be devalued by a fraudulent vote cast by someone else."

Earlier this week Sen. Vitter announced opposition to President Obama's nominee to head the Department of Labor, Thomas Perez in part because of his work at the Department of Justice related to spotty enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act in Louisiana. Mr. Perez's Civil Rights Division has repeatedly sued states attempting to ensure election integrity including Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina.

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