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Ex-U.S. Rep. Walsh in DeKalb says, ‘It should be tough to vote’

Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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DeKALB – Conservative firebrand and former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh spoke on a number of topics at a DeKalb County Illinois Tea Party event Saturday at the DeKalb Elks Lodge.

Walsh touched on photo identification for voters, federal and state debt, the Second Amendment and civil disobedience. He also took questions from an audience of about 40 people.

Walsh, who was elected to the 8th Congressional District seat in 2010, was unseated by Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth in November in the redrawn 8th District.

He introduced a federal voter photo ID bill in June and again in September called the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2012, which – if passed into law – would have required voters to present a government-issued photo ID to vote in federal elections. The bill died in committee both times.

“[Democrats] believe everybody should vote; it should be so easy for people to vote,” Walsh said. “I shouldn’t say this, and this will cost me votes – if and when I run next time. It should be tough to vote. I don’t like this whole early-voting stuff. I think you should have to swim a mile, walk five miles, find a bus – I’m exaggerating for everyone who is filming me – and it should take you three hours to get to the ballot box.

“It should be that important. It shouldn’t be easy to vote. This is probably one of the most sacred privileges you’ve earned, you have to earn to live in this country.”

Go to Daily-Chronicle.com to watch videos from this event:

Walsh on voter ID: http://shawurl.com/hhj

Walsh on civil disobedience and the second amendment: http://shawurl.com/hhl

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