Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz called for the state to implement a voter ID law at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event on Monday by comparing the act of voting to drinking alcohol.
“We have to make sure that we have fair and honest elections,” he said. “If you have to show an ID before you get on an airplane, if you have to show an ID before you open a checking account, and for those of you who like adult beverages, if you have to show an ID to participate in an adult beverage, you should have to show ID when you vote.”
The Iowa legislature is currently considering a Republican-backed bill that would require voters to provide a photo identification before casting a ballot. Democrats say there is no evidence of voter fraud in the state, and that the voter ID law would be an impediment to disabled, elderly and minority voters.
Schultz denied voter ID laws were about suppressing liberal voters. He complained that people called him a “racist” and that he was hated for his views.
“There are a whole lot of issues that we care about, abortion, gay marriage, a whole lot of social issues we care deeply about,” he added. “But you have to start caring about voter ID and election integrity as well, because if you don’t have that, you’ll never be able to make a difference in any other issue you care about. Never. Because they will cheat.”
Schultz also attacked his potential Democratic opponent Brad Anderson, describing him as a “political hack” from Chicago who took money from George Soros.
The liberal blog Think Progress labeled Schultz as one of the top five worst election officials.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by The Iowa Republican, below: