Metcalfe Files Amicus Brief in Support of Photo ID to Protect the Vote
HARRISBURG—House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) recently announced the filing of an amicus brief to the Commonwealth Court in support of the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act (Act 18 of 2012). Representative Metcalfe was joined by 49 other House Republican legislators.

“Voter photo identification is a commonsense safeguard that will ensure that legitimately cast votes are not canceled out by the forces of corruption,” said Representative Metcalfe. “This legislation was long overdue and over a decade in the making.”

The amicus brief was filed with assistance from Judicial Watch and explains the Constitutional and common sense merits of voter photo identification, including: 

        • Highlighting the Legislature’s authority to regulate elections; 
        • Reaffirming that showing a valid photo identification does not disenfranchise 
            qualified voters; 

        • And, further explaining that Act 18 of 2012 does not alter the qualifications for 
            voting as stated in Article VII, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

“It is clear that leftist special interest groups are hostile to the idea of clean elections. To require a voter ID to vote is as sensible as requiring one to board an airplane, use a credit card, or open a Netflix account,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

In addition to last week’s report issued by Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt that identified hundreds of voting irregularities during the 2012 primary election, Representative Metcalfe cited two new reports of widespread election fraud he has received as additional support for final implementation of the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act. The Voter Participation Center, a deep-pocketed, voter registration organization operating in Pennsylvania and several other states, has encouraged both a dog and a foreign exchange student to register to vote in Pennsylvania.

“Requiring the display of valid photo ID at the ballot box is without question absolutely essential to restoring integrity in Pennsylvania’s election process,” said Representative Metcalfe. “Because one fraudulently cast vote is one too many.”

The Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act was originally modeled after Indiana’s voter photo identification legislation, which was upheld as Constitutional in 2008 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s law is scheduled to begin on July 25.

To view the amicus brief in its entirety, click here.

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin
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