House Voter ID Bill Vote May Come Wednesday

State Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia and other Democrats gathered in Harrisburg at the Capitol Media Center to denounce State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s Voter ID bill today. The bill, covered in PW this week, would require those who vote to show ID at the polls, which has received its fair share of criticism. A vote on the bill, which will likely lead to passage, could come as early as Wednesday.

Josephs today called the bill “a solution in search of a problem” and said of the supposed fraud the bill would prevent: “There is no fraud.” Minorities, the poor and the elderly are most often those without ID.

Indeed, there have been a total of 11 statewide convictions for voter fraud in Pennsylvania between 2008 and 2008, with eight of the 11 coming from a single person.

Estimates for the cost of the bill vary, but some put it in the tens of millions. No official fiscal analysis has been completed.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (Hat tip: Morning Call), 14 legislatures are considering similar requirements this year. Of the 27 states that already require ID at the polls, eight have considered changing laws to require photo ID.

2 Responses to “ House Voter ID Bill Vote May Come Wednesday ”

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  2. Kathleen says:

    Babette Josephs opposing voter ID? What a shock! This is the same woman who is a card-carrying ACLU member and marches side-by-side with illegal aliens demanding rights to which they are not entitled and certainly do not deserve.

    There was never a bill that would have addressed the ever increasing number of illegal aliens in this state (at a cost to the taxpayers of $1.7 billion/year) that she would allow out of committee. The day she was replaced by Rep Daryl Metcalfe will go down as one of the best examples of “What goes around comes around.”

    Any law-abiding, patriotic citizen realizes if Babette Josephs is against it (bill) we must all be for it.

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