Metcalfe Tells Congressman Brady to Stop Endorsing Voter Fraud and Corruption
HARRISBURG —The following excerpts are taken from a letter sent by House Republican Majority State Government Committee Chairman State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) in response to a letter sent by U.S. Congressman Robert Brady (D-Philadelphia) opposing the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act (Act 18 of 2012), which was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.
“Voter fraud has been a documented problem throughout the history of Pennsylvania. The previous lack of proper checks and balances in our election system made it difficult to fully grasp the magnitude of the problem. I believe that the General Assembly is required by the Constitution to ensure that every vote cast by a legally registered voter is protected and we should not treat the casting of any one fraudulent vote as inconsequential...Right in your backyard, an ACORN employee from Chester, Delaware County was arrested in 2008 and later convicted for forging and submitting fraudulent voter registration applications.
“Defenders of the status quo are merely defending the corruption and fraud occurring in our election system. The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights of American citizenship. American patriots have and continue to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, including the freedom to privately and confidentially cast a vote at the ballot box.
“Additionally, our most recent fiscal note also indicated that the cost to successfully implement House Bill 934 would be approximately $1 million. Governor Tom Corbett has already allocated funding for this measure in his 2012-13 budget proposal. However, there is a cost associated with implementing good government measures. I understand your concern regarding the appropriate use of limited tax dollars, as I am one of the most fiscally conservative votes in the General Assembly.
“You may also be pleased to know that the General Assembly successfully passed a budget for the current fiscal year that balances the Commonwealth’s expenditures with general fund revenue. It is my understanding that Congress has not passed a balanced budget in over 1,000 days and the federal government is facing a sizeable deficit. I hope you will consider the limitations of tax dollars on the federal level, as Congress debates the federal fiscal matters as well.
“House Bill 934 is a basic commonsense requirement to ensure integrity and accountability in our state election system.”
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State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin