Pennsylvania Republicans Push Voter Photo ID Requirements

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Pennsylvania Republicans, who now control both the state House and Senate, have begun a new effort to require photo IDs for voters at polling places.

As the House state government committee held a hearing on a voter photo ID bill, the ranking Democrat on the panel, Philadelphia’s Babette Josephs, said with all of the major issues facing the state and the country, people may be especially energized to vote.

“Now, it seems to me, is precisely the wrong time to start making it more difficult for people to vote,” Josephs said.

Delaware County Democrat Greg Vitali expressed fears that it would disenfranchise some voters, particularly in urban areas like Philadelphia. “Poor people, people who are not of the world of driver’s licenses and credit cards.”

But a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Hans von Spakovsky, cited a study by the Universities of Delaware and Nebraska-Lincoln. “At both the aggregate and individual levels they found that voter ID laws do not affect turnout, including across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines.”

Five years ago, when Republicans also had control of both chambers, a voter ID bill passed, but was vetoed by then-Governor Ed Rendell.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • PassingThru

    a waste of time and tax payer dollars. This is supose to help move our economy forward?

  • Thomas

    Would all you people claiming rampant voter fraud among Democrats please cite a shred of evidence for your accusations? Or is it just something you “feel,” like Obama’s supposed lack of a birth certificate? To believe that election fraud is a greater problem that disenfranchisement is nothing short of willful idiocy. Keep watching Fox News.

  • Bill

    You know there is such a thing as a “Non Driver ID”. and I believe it is required in all states since 911. What do folks have to hide by not having an identification card.

  • Dave

    Anyone who opposes a requirement to show ID is either benefitting from voter fraud or actually committing it.

  • george

    the only problem with photo id for voting, is that some, but not all, of the dead will not be able to vote any more… in my old neighborhood (public housing in the 50’s) one of the best paying jobs was voting… it paid $5 per vote cast…. (a lot of money in the 50’s

    • William Golton

      I have not seen any evidence of massive voter fraud anywhere in PA. I have voted in the same place for over 40 years. But if we stopped driving, we would not be able to vote, even if the poll workers know us. This real reason for this bill is to keep out the poor and elderly who tend to vote for Democrats.

  • brian_norwood

    Hey, why not reinstate the poll tax. Or the requirement that only white, male landowners qualify.

  • RSR

    Someone please show us a conviction for in person voter fraud–someone voting on election day claiming to be someone they’re not

    I’ve seen cases of fraudulent registrations and mishandling absentee ballots; neither of these have any relation to ID at the polling place.

    voter id is a response to the zombie lie of liberal voter fraud. ID laws will disenfranchise poor voters, urban, rural or otherwise.

    Ironically, the few cases of actual polling place issues have involved right wing titans like Ann Coulter (multiple times!)

  • bun

    I could never understand why this law wasn’t enacted before. It is common sense to check whether voters are legal or have already voted multiple times, or are alive (sometimes even the dead vote). I will pray that this gets done. It will prevent alot of voter fraud.

  • Charlie

    Just another sly GOP attempt to bar the urban poor from voting. The above comment makes a fine point: those state issued IDs better be free, or the requirement isn’t going to pass a legal test.

    • NS

      You must mean having to show ID would bar the urban poor from voting FRAUD!

  • JJV

    They ARE free and not only that but there will be mobile units available to get to people who have no mode of transportation available for them to go and get their FREE photo UD,

  • NS

    Showing ID at the polls is a common sense step to prevent election fraud.

  • Aggie95

    well the democrats ain’t going to be happy about this development how the hell will they win elections now

  • john

    Read the other comment and they will say the same thing.

  • JFP

    The Democrats are’nt going to like that. They won’t be able to get the votes of the 2000 Illegal alliens that hop the border every day!

    • mjk

      You couldn’t be any dumber.

      • TaxNag

        Oh cute! Start the name calling, because obviously you don’t have a legitimate argument!

  • Daniel Libby

    Then perhaps the State photo ID cards should be issued for free. Driving is a privilege, voting is a right and anything required to do so should not cost anything.

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