Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 06092140 (posted Sep. 20, 2006)"
The House passed legislation on 9/20/06 that would require anyone registering to vote to show photographic proof of U.S. citizenship. The Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 (H.R. 4844), sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), passed on a vote of 228-196, under a closed rule, which precluded any amendments from being offered on the floor. Under the measure, beginning in November 2008, prospective voters would have to provide a government-issued photo identification in order to receive a ballot to vote in a federal election. By November 2010, the government-issued photo identification would also have to be one for which the individual was required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship as a condition for the issuance of the identification.
House Democrats raised concerns about the bill, noting that it would impact disproportionately the elderly, poor, and disabled. Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) offered a motion to recommit the bill to the House Administration Committee with instructions to report the same back to the House with an amendment to provide, among other things, exemptions to the bill’s requirements for military, elderly and disabled citizens and victims of Hurricane Katrina. Lawmakers rejected the motion by a vote of 196-225.