On the Senate floor right now, members just finished voting on an amendment to a student loan bill that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. You know, so illegal aliens and other ineligible people don’t undermine the integrity of the election process.
The amendment failed 42-54.
Stand by for the roll…
Here you go:
You’ll notice that not a single Democrat cast a vote in favor of the photo ID requirement for voters.
Update: Remember Diebold Derangement Syndrome? Looks like all that Democrat concern about the need to immediately “fix” the voting system was hollow rhetoric:
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are slowing their drive to revamp the nation’s voting systems, aides said yesterday.
Under pressure from state and local officials, as well as from lobbyists for the disabled, House leaders now advocate putting off the most sweeping changes until 2012, four years later than planned.
Overhauling voting systems before next year’s presidential election had once been a top Democratic priority, primarily to allow greater accountability and be certain that all votes registered on computerized touch-screen systems were counted. But state and local elections officials told Congress they could not make the changes in time for the balloting in November 2008, particularly in light of the extra workload involved in preparing for next year’s much-earlier presidential primary season.
Confronted by similar concerns, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and the chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, said she had already decided against seeking any major changes in voting equipment before 2010.