A new CityKey ID available to all Chicago residents – regardless of immigration status, criminal record, housing situation or gender identity – will be considered as a valid form of identification to register to vote, according to the State Board of Elections.
“I believe, from what I’ve read, the Chicago municipal ID would live up to the qualifications under state statute for what a government-issued ID is,” Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the election board, toldWQAD. “So that would be a legal form of ID for the board of elections to accept.”
The new CityKey ID is designed to provide legal identification for illegal immigrants, as well as the homeless and folks recently released from prison. Dietrich acknowledged there is no state law that requires proof of citizenship to vote. Residents are simply required to check a box, though Dietrich contends there’s no reason to believe anyone would lie to vote illegally.
“When you go to register to vote, you do check a box that attests to your citizenship,” he said. “You are signing a legal document that says, ‘Yes, I am a citizen.’ But no one who registers to vote is required to bring in, for example, a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. That’s something that you check the box, you attest to it.”
Dietrich told WQAD that local officials – the same ones defying federal immigration law to shield illegal immigrants from immigration enforcement – will keep things straight.