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Pa. House Begins Debating Voter Photo ID Requirement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The Pennsylvania House has begun debate on legislation that would require voters to show a photo ID when they show up at polling places to vote.

The legislation is hotly opposed by House Democrats, who Monday began offering amendments seeking exemptions to the voter photo ID requirement, including one amendment offered by Lehigh Valley Democrat Steve Samuelson that would exempt people over the age of 62.

Samuelson says the regulation would impose a burden on many senior citizens, “Remember, many of our senior citizens do not drive. Many of our senior citizens have mobility issues. Some of our senior citizens are in nursing homes.”

But Republican Stan Saylor says Democrats aren’t giving seniors enough credit, “My seniors have challenged me at the polls when I’m in there voting: why haven’t we passed the ID requirement?”

The senior exemption amendment was defeated. More amendments are expected to be debated today and a final House vote could come later in the week.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • U.S. Citizen

    Every U.S. Citizen has the RIGHT to vote. Pennsylvania does not have the right to strip away my U.S. Citizenship if I do not have a Photo ID.

    Does anyone remember poll taxes and literacy tests? Ignore history much?

    And Charles, renting a movie at Blockbuster or flying on a plane are not fundamental rights of democracy. Voting is. And please stop lying about Acorn, or provide the evidence.

  • Charles

    This is the only way to combat voter fraud which is rampant. They should also require voters to dip a finger in purple ink like they do in other countries.

    I know for a fact that there were many people who voted twice or more in the 2008 presidential election thanks to Acorn.

    You have to show ID at the airport, when renting a movie at Blockbuster, and for many other things. Showing ID when voting is more important.

    We also need to do away with electronic voting machines. The machines are reliable but paper ballots are the best. Most countries in Europe still use them.

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