PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A new bill filed by a Republican lawmaker eliminates nearly all forms of non-photographic identification at the polls. HB2043 bans the use of tax statements, utility bills, property tax statements, vehicle registration and insurance cards on Election Day. Currently, they are acceptable forms of identification as long as voters present two separate documents to poll workers.
Rep. Kelly Townsend, a Republican from Apache Junction, sponsored the bill ahead of the 2020 Legislative session, which begins next month. She was unavailable for comment, but one of her Democratic colleagues described the proposal as an "attack on democracy."
"If we are only allowing photo identification as the acceptable form of identification to vote, it's almost like a backdoor poll tax," Athena Salman, D-Tempe, said Monday.
The state charges a fee for a driver's license or an identification card.
If the bill passes, voters could still use their voter registration cards or a certificate from a county recorder's office. The bill will have to overcome strong Democratic opposition to become law as it will need a three-fourths majority vote in the House and Senate.