Billy Hewes cites “poison pills” as to why he rejected Voter ID Bill

Sen. Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, told members of the Brookhaven Kiwanis Club Wednesday that he has long been a proponent of voter ID, with a government-issued photo identification card. However, the president pro tem of the Senate said he could not support the measure that surfaced this year.

Hewes, a probable candidate for lieutenant governor in the next election, cited “poison pills” that were included in the latest measure.

One of those was an early voting provision to allow voting up to 20 days before an election. Hewes cited potential monitoring problems associated with the stipulation.

Second was a provision to allow late voter registration up to three days before an election. Hewes alluded to difficulties in election officials’ ability to validate new registrants as far as their eligibility to vote.

“I think that is fraught with the opportunity for voter fraud,” he said.

A third provision would have allowed voting by felons.

“I’m not going to be for that in any way, shape or form,” Hewes said.

The Daily Leader
5/21/9