Metcalfe Unveils U.S. Supreme Court Approved, Nationally Favored Pennsylvania Voter ID Protection Act
5/13/2008

Armed with a recent United States Supreme Court ruling upholding the ability of individual states to require valid photo identification at polling places in order to reduce instances of voter fraud, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) hosted a state Capitol press conference today to unveil the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act (House Bill 2519).

“Now that we have the benefit of an affirmative, crystal clear U.S. Supreme Court ruling behind us and the most important/hostile general election of our lifetime ahead of us, there is no time like the present for Pennsylvania to enact this comprehensive, bipartisan-supported legislation to bar corrupt politicians, special interests and any other integrity-deficient individuals from executing unfair, criminal influence at the ballot box,” said Metcalfe.   “Requiring valid photo ID is the most fundamental, commonsense and cost-efficient way to keep anyone who actively seeks to undermine our electoral process through the old time, ‘vote early, vote often or from beyond the grave’ or more recent ‘get out the illegal alien/non-United States citizens voting programs’ subject to the rule of law.”  

 
Specifically, Metcalfe’s legislation would amend the state election code to require all voters to present either a voter’s identification card issued by the county registration commission or any one of the following valid forms of photo identification before voting: 
  • A valid driver’s license or identification card issued by the State Department of Transportation (PennDOT).  
  • A valid state or federal government employee ID. 
  • A valid employee identification card. 
  • A valid U.S. passport, student ID or United States Armed Forces ID. 
“In today’s red tape-laden society where government tries to regulate everything from the cars we’re allowed to drive to the foods we’re allowed to consume, I find it absolutely appalling and unacceptable that preserving the sacred freedom of privately and confidentially casting a vote requires even less scrutiny than it does to fly, cash a paycheck or operate a motor vehicle,” said Metcalfe. “Passage of the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act is essential if we want to replace the centuries-old stigma of corruption at the ballot box with the traditional American ideals of integrity and accountability.”
 
In late April, the United States Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s law requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. To date, more than two dozen states, including Pennsylvania, under which current law requires mandatory photo ID for first-time voters only, require some form of voter identification at the polls.    
 
A recent national survey conducted by The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports reveals that 67 percent of Americans overall approve of requiring government issued photo ID as provided for in Metcalfe’s legislation.   Contrary to the views of the American Civil Liberties Union and other “crusaders” against the “disenfranchisement” of low-income voters, the survey revealed that support runs high across virtually all demographic groups with 69 percent of Caucasians, 58 percent of African-Americans and 66 percent of all other racial and ethnic minorities answering YES to the question: “Should voters be required to prove their identity by showing a government-issued photo ID before they vote?”
 
Broken down across party lines, 76 percent of Republicans favor photo voter ID requirements, while 63 percent of Democrats and Independent voters also registered in the affirmative.
 
“In 1787 when asked what kind of government our Founding Fathers had created with the ratification of the United States Constitution, Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin did not say, ‘America is a nation of immigrants,’” said Metcalfe. “He also did not pre-date Karl Marx, the Communist Manifesto or even Pennsylvania’s current governor with a class warfare/personal wealth confiscation affirming sound byte of: ‘to each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.’   But instead, Dr. Franklin succinctly replied: ‘A Republic if you can keep it.’     

“With the November elections rapidly approaching, one of the best ways to keep our Republic alive and well in Pennsylvania is to carefully craft our election laws to ensure that cheating and fraud do not overrule the will of the people. Countless American patriots have and continue to put their lives on the line around the globe to preserve our fundamental right to vote. Final passage of the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act will honor all of America’s brave citizen soldiers—past, present and future—by further guaranteeing that their noble and selfless sacrifices are not undermined by the forces of corruption,” he added.

 
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
12th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(724) 772-3110
(717) 783-1707
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
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