Metcalfe Photo ID Legislation to Disenfranchise Voter Fraud and Corruption Wins House Approval
6/23/2011

HARRISBURG—Sponsored by House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act (House Bill 934) was passed by the Pennsylvania House today. 

                            

“Pennsylvania has a long and ongoing history of documented voter fraud— pre-dating even the frequently-forged signature of Mickey Mouse during the 1918 election to the deeply rooted and widespread influence of A.C.O.R.N. during the past several election cycles,” said Metcalfe.  “Currently in Pennsylvania, it is impossible to board a commercial airplane, cash a paycheck, operate a motor vehicle or even purchase a season pass to an amusement park without displaying valid photo ID.  Guaranteeing the integrity of our state’s election process deserves no less than equal protection under the law.”

 

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 voters to present valid photo ID before voting.   Current Pennsylvania law requires identification 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.   Even more recently in a June 7 KQV Radio/Tribune-Review poll, 86 percent of respondents said that “voters should be required to show photo ID.”

Numerous academic studies have also proven that requiring voter photo identification has had absolutely no disenfranchising impact on voter turnout for minority, poor or elderly voters.  In fact, in Indiana and Georgia, where showing valid photo ID at the polls is now law, voter turnout has increased among the elderly, minorities and Democrats.


“House Bill 934 is a commonsense safeguard that will only disenfranchise integrity-deficient individuals seeking to perpetuate fraud and corruption at the polls,” said Metcalfe.   “Any elected official who opposes requiring valid photo ID at the polls needs to be asked if allowing for cheating at the ballot box is necessary for them to win.”

House Bill 934 now advances to the Senate for consideration.  Visit RepMetcalfe.com or Facebook.com/RepMetcalfe for the latest legislative updates.

 

 

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