Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz issued a statement Friday criticizing Iowa Senate Democrats for killing his proposal to require all Iowa voters to show a photo identification card before they vote in an effort to prevent fraud.
“It is unfortunate that Senate Democrats have decided to kill a common-sense bill,” said Schultz, a Republican who had made the ID plan a cornerstone of his campaign last fall to oust incumbent Democrat Michael Mauro.
The House had approved the bill, House File 95. “I understand there were auditors who objected to HF 95, but the county auditors specifically stated that they were not opposing the concept of photo ID legislation,” Schultz said.
Schultz said the bill died in the Iowa Senate State Government Committee, with all seven Republicans in support, but not a single Democrat.