Voter Photo ID Sponsor Metcalfe Confirms Philadelphia Corruption Findings Will Trigger Future Action Against Election Fraud
HARRISBURG — Immediately following the release of City Commissioner Al Schmidt’s report that identified hundreds of voting irregularities during the recent 2012 primary election in Philadelphia, House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), announced that there will be future hearings to consider additional solutions to combat election fraud throughout Pennsylvania.
“Commissioner Schmidt’s report finally confirms what leading Democrat opponents of voter photo ID and those in the mainstream media have been denying all along,” said Metcalfe. “Philadelphia is without question one of our nation’s most infested epicenters for rampant election fraud and corruption.”
Originally drafted to model Indiana’s photo identification law, which was upheld as Constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, Metcalfe’s Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act (Act 18 of 2012) was signed into law by the governor on March 14. Act 18 requires voters to present valid photo ID before voting to ensure that each legally cast vote is protected from the forces of corruption. It also requires those using absentee ballots to submit proof of identification.
“Commissioner Schmidt’s findings add to the ever-growing collection of indisputable evidence proving that requiring the display of valid voter photo ID at the ballot box is essential to deterring election fraud,” said Metcalfe. “Most importantly, these findings demonstrate that we must develop additional solutions that go beyond voter photo ID to stamp out corrupting influences.”
Expert testimony presented to the House State Government Committee confirmed that requiring valid photo ID at the polls, as made possible through Act 18, 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.
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State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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