Issues | Voter ID & Santuary Cities

Sandy Supports Voter ID

Sandy supports voter photo ID. To those of us with driver's license presenting a photo ID is pretty simple. Photo ID becomes more of a problem for those that don't drive including senior and disabled citizens. This particular bill HB 0192 did not adequately define what constitutes an acceptable form of photo ID nor did it provide for a free photo ID for those who do not have an acceptable form of identification.  

This particular bill -HB0192 Voter ID -  DID NOT include an appropriation to pay for photo ID's for those that do not have an acceptable form of ID. If even one person is denied their right to vote - that is one too many. There have been three voter fraud cases in the last twenty years. This particular bill would have unreasonably burdened and disenfranchised some of our most vulnerable voters who are senior or disabled citizens, who do not have drivers licenses and would be forced to apply and pay a fee to get an “official” identification card. Remember, those voters completed all the necessary requirements when they registered to vote.

 

Forcing them to pay a fee to obtain documentation to vote seems to violate the 24th amendment of the US Constitution that prohibits a poll tax. The 24th amendment reads "The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other"

Sandy does not support sanctuary cities

Sandy has been accused of supporting sanctuary cities.  This is far from the truth. 

Two bills addressing sanctuary cities have been introduced in the past two years. 

 

HB 0151 – Sanctuary City Ban – In 2019 the debate on this bill did not convince Sandy that it was necessary.  I voted no on this bill along with Twenty-eight of my fellow republicans.   

 

HB 0108 – Sanctuary City Ban – In 2020 This bill came up for introduction. Introduction of a bill in a budget session takes a 2/3 vote (40 votes). The bill failed introduction in the House – 36 yes to 24 no.  Sandy voted yes on this introductory vote along with 35 of my fellow Republicans.  Sandy supports revisiting this issue in future sessions.   

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