Metcalfe Voter Photo ID Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk
3/14/2012
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 advanced by the state House on concurrence today and sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.



“Pennsylvania is now one signature away from implementing a proven, fraud-preventing mechanism to ensure that voters are who they claim to be when exercising their inalienable right to privately cast their vote,” said Metcalfe. “Authenticating one citizen-one vote ownership by requiring the display of valid photo ID at the polling place is essential to replacing the centuries-old stigma of corruption at the ballot box with the enduring American ideals of integrity and accountability.”

Originally drafted to model 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, non-expired photo ID before voting. Acceptable types of identification under House Bill 934 include IDs issued by the state or federal government, such as a driver’s license, a military identification card or a passport. Photo identification cards from state-accredited colleges and universities, state-licensed care facilities and municipal employers will also be accepted.

Expert testimony presented to the House State Government Committee last spring confirmed that requiring valid photo ID at the polls, as outlined in 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.

“Currently in Pennsylvania it is impossible to board a commercial airplane, cash a paycheck, operate a motor vehicle or even purchase prescription eyeglasses without displaying a valid photo ID,” said Metcalfe. “Guaranteeing the integrity of our state’s election process and ensuring that no vote will be canceled out by the forces of corruption deserves no less than equal protection under the law through the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act.”

Once signed into law, House Bill 934 is scheduled to take effect for the April 2012 primary election. Visit RepMetcalfe.com or Facebook.com/RepMetcalfe for the latest legislative updates.

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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