Metcalfe Urges Butler County Bureau of Elections to Get With Pennsylvania’s New Photo Voter ID Program
HARRISBURG—The following excerpts are taken from two letters sent by State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) to the Butler County Board of Commissioners regarding the implementation of Pennsylvania’s new voter photo identification requirements (Act 18 of 2012).
Excerpts from the April 11, 2012 letter:
“I am writing to request your assistance to concerns raised following the April 10, 2012 training session for election officials in Butler County. My office was notified regarding the rhetoric used at the meeting to describe the new voter photo identification requirements.
“I was informed that the information presented by the meeting facilitator included describing the new law as a costly unfunded mandate, specifically compared to the cuts in education. The rhetoric used appeared to reflect the implausible opposition talking points to the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act.
“If the reports I received were true, I believe that utilizing a public position and a public forum in this manner is unprofessional and disrespectful to the taxpayers who they are supposed to be serving. Defenders of the status quo are merely defending the corruption and fraud occurring in our election system.
“Voter photo identification is a tool to ensure that each legally cast vote is protected from being canceled out by the forces of corruption, because even one illegally cast vote is one too many.
“Please know that my office is always available to answer questions that may arise regarding the new requirements included in the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act.”
Excerpts from the July 12, 2012 letter:
“This is the second time that I have contacted you regarding information coming out of the Butler County Bureau of Elections which seems to be driven by a personal political ideology.
“On July 2, a constituent contacted my office to inquire about the safety of the election workers. She is a local judge of elections and was concerned about some rude, threatening remarks made during the primary election. She inquired as to whether or not a constable could be assigned to the polling place for the next election. I was told that she had contacted the Butler County Bureau of Elections ...According to the constituent...only instructed her to contact my office...Since the Butler County Bureau of Elections administers elections...should have advised the judge of elections that according to the law, she does have the authority to call a constable.
“This judge of elections had legitimate questions about the safety and security of polling places and election workers. I am troubled that, according to these reports, the Bureau of Elections in Butler County may not be doing everything within its power to assist local election workers and support the election process. It is important to keep in mind that the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act is current Pennsylvania law irrespective of the personal opinions of those involved in its execution.
“I would appreciate it if you would address this situation immediately. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I can be of further assistance with information about the provisions of the Pennsylvania Election Code or if I can be of assistance to you with any other state-related matter.”
State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin