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Trump: Voter ID must play 'very strong part' in deal on election security

The Hill logo The Hill 5 days ago Tal Axelrod
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump: Voter ID must play 'very strong part' in deal on election security © The Hill Trump: Voter ID must play 'very strong part' in deal on election security

President Trump on Tuesday said Congress should not consider any "final agreement" on election security that does not include provisions mandating voters present identification while casting ballots.

"No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID (Identification) must play a very strong part in any final agreement. Without Voter ID, it is all so meaningless!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Trump has long touted unfounded claims that he only lost the 2016 popular vote by 3 million ballots because of "millions of people who voted illegally."

The president went on to retweet a post claiming without evidence that certain areas in California, a reliably blue state, have more registered voters than adults.

The tweets come as Democrats pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up two election security bills that have passed through the House. The legislation requires the use of paper ballots, includes funding for the Election Assistance Commission and mandates candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify the FBI if foreign governments offer assistance.

McConnell has resisted calls to take up the bills, saying Democrats are trying to give themselves a "political benefit" and the request "is not a serious effort to make a law."

Democrats renewed their calls for the Senate to boost election security after former special counsel Robert Mueller, who spent two years investigating Russia's election meddling in 2016, testified last month that Moscow is seeking to replicate its efforts next year.

"Mueller's testimony was a clarion call for election security. Mueller's testimony should be a wake-up call to every American, Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, that the integrity of our elections is at stake. ... This is all about the future of this country," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last month.

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