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Philadelphia DA Calls New Voter ID Law More Problem Than Solution

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(DA Seth Williams, in file photo.)

(DA Seth Williams, in file photo.)

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By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Even as a new voter photo ID law has been signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett (see related story), Philadelphia’s DA says he doesn’t see the need for the measure.

DA Seth Williams says it’s the law, nevertheless, and he’ll enforce it dispassionately.  But in his eyes it’s bad law.

“I think in many ways it was a solution in search of a problem,” he told KYW Newsradio today.  “The majority of the voter fraud we have in Philadelphia is not people showing up that people don’t know who they are, or anything of that nature — we have different types of fraud.”

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And he says the law could prevent some eligible people from voting.  He cites the case of his own mother, who doesn’t drive anymore and has allowed her license to expire.  Now, he says, she will need to take steps to ensure that she can vote.

Williams urges everyone to plan ahead and do what is necessary to get the needed photo ID, so they will have it when they go to the polls in November.

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