Clyburn: Voter ID requirements unfair

Requiring people to have a photo ID is the equivalent of a poll tax, U.S. House assistant minority leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., said during a stop in Springfield Wednesday.

Clyburn attended a roundtable discussion on voter rights at Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St., sponsored by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good. He said he is traveling across the country to encourage people to vote.

Clyburn is a co-sponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act, a measure designed to protect voting rights in the wake of dozens of states passing laws adding restrictions to voting.

He said certain states issue IDs both with and without photos. That can require someone to purchase a second ID with a photo just to be able to vote, he said.

“Are you trying to identify people, or are you trying to identify certain people?” Clyburn said.

Illinois does not require a photo ID to vote.

This article originally appeared in the State Journal-Register on October 24, 2012 and is available here: