Metcalfe Issues Statement on Governor’s Decision Not to Appeal the Voter ID Law
5/9/2014
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), today released the following statement in light of Gov. Tom Corbett’s recent decision not to appeal Pennsylvania’s Voter Identification Protection Act (Act 18 of 2012) to the state Supreme Court:

“I am disappointed with the governor’s decision not to finish the fight. The final decision on Act 18 should be rendered by Pennsylvania’s high court, not by a judicial-activist, partisan Democrat judge on the Commonwealth Court. When the General Assembly passed the voter identification law in 2012, it was a decade in the making. Voter photo identification is a commonsense safeguard to ensure that legitimately cast votes are not canceled out by the forces of corruption.

“Just in the 2012 primary alone, a report issued by a Philadelphia City commissioner identified hundreds of voting irregularities. One fraudulently cast vote is one too many. One vote can change the outcome of an election.

“Pennsylvania’s voter identification law was originally modeled after Indiana’s photo identification law, which was upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. In that decision, the Supreme Court stated that states have a relevant interest in protecting the ‘integrity and reliability of the electoral process.’

“Although the voter photo identification has been struck down, the absentee ballot provisions of Act 18 are still in effect. Pennsylvanians deserve nothing less than integrity in our state’s election process. I will continue advocating for voter photo identification and other measures to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised by the forces of corruption.”

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Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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