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Local Legislators Split on Voter ID Law

Corbett signs new voter ID bill into law after lawmakers split down party lines.

Republicans call it "common sense," Democrats call it a big waste of money. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the state's new Voter ID law Wednesday night in Harrisburg shortly after it was approved by the House of Representatives.

The new law requires Pennsylvania voters to present some form of photo identification at the polls. The new law will get a "test run" during the upcoming April 24 Pennsylvania primary election. For the primary election voters may be asked, but will not be required to show a photo ID.  For the general election in the fall voters in Pennsylvania will be required to have a photo ID. Voters who do not have an ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot and will then have six days to produce a valid photo ID to have their vote counted.

Click here to read a copy of the bill as passed Wednesday.

Locally, State Representatives Dan Truitt (R-156), Warren Kampf (R-157) and Duane Milne (R-167) voted for the bill.  State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19)voted against it. Click here to watch Dinniman's speech about the bill on the floor of the senate.

Do you think the new voter photo ID is a way to prevent voter fraud as the Governor and many Republicans argue, or is it a thinly-veiled attempt to surpress votes among the elderly, students and minorities as opponents argue?  Tell us in the comments.

Bucklodge 2001 March 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
It is a way to suppress votes.
Jake Speicher (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Would you mind clarifying what you mean by that?
Bucklodge 2001 March 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Low-income people in the cities of PA, and especially Philly, who tend to vote for Democrats, are targeted by the Republican sponsored Voter ID law. They are the folks who frequently don't have a photo id, such as a drivers license. So they will either be turned away from the polls, or not show up, even though they are already registered voters. It is also expected that county election day staff will need more time to check ids, thus creating longer wait times, which may cause some voters to walk away. It's just another bureaucratic hassle that Republicans want people to go through even though they may already be registered to vote. This, despite the fact that voter fraud is not a big issue in PA. Bottom line for the Republicans is that when there is low turnout on election day, they usually win.
Beege Marshall March 25, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Thank you Bucklodge. VERY clearly explained and wish it were covered on the TV news programs so that those who don't get Internet news or a newspaper would have the opportunity to be informed, not that that would necessarily change anything. Actually I myself have never had any form of photo ID other than a driver's license. Never needed any, and now can understand why it is becoming necessary in many instances.......even in doctor's offices and medical facilities for billing purposes. What do the people do who don't drive ?

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