Metcalfe Legislation to Combat Voter Fraud with Valid Photo ID Green-Lighted for House Consideration
Sponsored by House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act (House Bill 934) was advanced today by the Committee to the House floor for consideration.
“Countless American patriots have and continue to put their lives on the line around the world to preserve our freedoms, including the freedom to privately and confidentially cast a vote at the ballot box," Metcalfe said. “Final passage of the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act will further uphold one of the most fundamental rights of American citizenship.”
Modeled after Indiana’s photo identification law, which was upheld as Constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, Metcalfe’s legislation would amend the state election code to require all voters to present valid photo ID before voting. Current Pennsylvania law requires photo ID for voters who appear to vote in an election district for the first time.
Expert testimony presented to the House State Government Committee earlier this spring confirmed that requiring valid photo ID at the polls, as provided for by House Bill 934, can prevent the four most widely documented types of voter fraud, including: impersonation at the polls; fictitious registrations; double-voting; and voting by illegal aliens.
Information provided by the testifiers also made it clear that enacting stronger voter fraud protection legislation, such as Metcalfe’s Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act, does not disenfranchise, suppress or otherwise adversely impact voter participation. In fact, in Indiana and Georgia, where showing valid photo ID at the polls is now law, voter turnout has dramatically increased.
“Passage of House Bill 934 is essential to preserving the sacred freedom of voting from the ever-present forces of corruption seeking to override the will of the people,” said Metcalfe. “Currently in Pennsylvania it is impossible to board a commercial airplane, cash a paycheck, operate a motor vehicle or even purchase season passes to a neighborhood swimming pool or amusement park without displaying a valid photo ID. Guaranteeing the integrity of our state’s election process in which all registered voters can be fully confident that only eligible voters have the privilege of casting a vote, that every vote counts equally and, most importantly, not be canceled out by fraudulent votes deserves no less than equal protection under the law.”
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State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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