Senate Republicans said Thursday they would introduce legislation requiring that Iowans present photo identification in order to vote. Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, said the law would protect the integrity of the voting system. Existing Iowa law doesn’t require voters to show photo identification. Although Democrats note Iowa has little history of voter fraud, Republicans argue the risk remains and identification should be required. … Democrats have opposed Schultz’s proposal and investigations. They argue Republicans are motivated by a desire to discourage voting by groups who typically favor Democrats, such as immigrants, low-income people and the elderly.
“Senate Democrats believe Iowa already has the safest, most secure elections in the country,” said Sen. Jeff Danielson, chairman of the State Government Committee, which oversees elections laws. “We believe Shultz’ bills and similar versions do not pass the test of disenfranchising voters.”
Republicans tried and failed to approve a photo identification law last year. “Democrats again have been obstacle in making this become law for the people of Iowa,” Dix said.