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PA: Governor Backs Voter ID Bill
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:42 Written by rslcpol Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:41
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
The state’s top election official came out in support of a GOP-backed effort to require voters to show photo identification every time they cast a ballot in Pennsylvania.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele said the proposed ID requirement would make it harder to commit voter fraud.
She made her remarks Tuesday morning in Lancaster at the Pennsylvania County Election Officials Conference. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, has been the most vocal proponent of the change in election law. His bill passed the state House in the spring and awaits action in the Senate.
Democrats largely oppose the proposal, saying that it would be unnecessarily burdensome, especially to Pennsylvanians who don’t have driver’s licenses.
Mr. Metcalfe said his legislation ameliorates that concern because it would provide for free photo IDs for non-drivers.