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Pa. House Begins Debating Voter Photo ID Requirement

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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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