A bill allowing Iowans who don’t have a drivers license or state-issued I.D. to register to vote online is moving to the Iowa Senate floor for a vote, after the Senate State Government Committee approved it Wednesday. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is currently working on allowing online voter registration for Iowans with an I.D., but Senator Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) says that would leave out about seven percent of the state’s population. Given modern technology and security standards, he says it’s safe and possible to allow Iowans without an I.D. to still register to vote online.
“It is doable. This is the 21st Century,” he said. “Other states are no smarter than Iowa, in that regard, and so the overall goal here is to be the No. 1 state in the country for people that vote.”
Sen. Danielson says the bill is now floor-eligible in the Senate, though a date for debate and voting on the measure has not yet been determined.