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Philadelphia DA Calls New Voter ID Law More Problem Than Solution

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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  • James

    What mail order law school did Seth get his law degree as we have seen the brilliance of charging Msgr Lynn with child endangerment and at the same time putting all bosses potentially at risk of being charged with not preventing sexual harassment inthe office!

  • Alvin

    Oh yeah Seth? You are aware of different kinds of voter fraud in Philadelphia? Like what? Hopefully this ID thing will prevent people showing up and voting as a dead person, voting more than once, voting in the wrong district. What else happens, and what are you going to do about it?

  • Cleanup Philly

    Prosecution in Philly of pretty much anything under this DA’s office is widely regarded as a joke. Ask any law enforcement.

  • Cleanup Philly

    That’s what Seth Williams calls all criminal laws.

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