Senator John Ford, R-Bartlesville
State Capitol Room 424A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2009
Sen. John Ford
Ford Files Voter ID Bill
Legislation calls for clean and fair elections
Ford, R-Bartlesville, has introduced legislation that will
help protect the integrity of the election system in Oklahoma.
Senate Bill 4 requires any individual that votes
in person to show “proof of identity,” which can be
a document that includes the voter’s name, a picture of
the voter, and is issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma,
or a federally recognized Indian Tribe or Nation. In instances
where an individual does not have any of these methods of identification,
the voter may show their county issued Voter ID card.
“Valid identification is required in our daily
activities, such as writing a check, boarding a plane or even
getting a library card in some states,” said Ford. “So
when it comes to voters deciding who will run our state and our
nation and what laws will govern our citizens, it is prudent to
verify the identification of voters at the polls.”
“During the election season last fall, we heard of the many
fraudulent registrations being conducted,” Ford continued.
“It is critical that we prevent this from happening in our
Although voter fraud has not been wide spread up
to this point in Oklahoma, Ford believes it is important to take
these steps to protect from future fraud. In a report published
by pollster John Zogby, it was reported that 9% of Americans don’t
believe their votes are counted accurately. This number increases
to 13% among Hispanics and 18% among African Americans.