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.