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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Governor Corbett Signs Voter ID Bill

Governor Corbett Signs Voter ID Bill to Require Photo Identification

HARRISBURG, - Governor Tom Corbett today signed into law House Bill 934, also known as the Photo Voter ID bill, which will require Pennsylvanians to produce photo identification when they vote.

"I am signing this bill because it protects a sacred principle, one shared by every citizen of this nation. That principle is: one person, one vote,'' Corbett said. "It sets a simple and clear standard to protect the integrity of our elections.''

The law goes into effect immediately, but the photo ID will not be required for the primary election next month. However, voters will be reminded at that time that a photo ID will be required for November's general election.

Studies show that 99 percent of Pennsylvania's eligible voters already have acceptable photo IDs. Any voter who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID can get one, free of charge, at any PennDOT driver license center.

A recent poll determined that 87 percent of Pennsylvania voters favor a law requiring identification at the polls. Thirty-one other states currently require identification and 15 of them require a photo ID.

Some examples of a photo ID include a Pennsylvania driver's license or non-driver license photo ID, a military ID, valid U.S. passport, county or municipal employee ID, college ID or personal care home ID. All photo IDs must be current and include an expiration date.

This law is designed to make sure all citizens legally entitled to vote can do so. Individuals applying to register to vote must be:

A citizen of the United States for at least one month before an election;
A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register and vote for at least 30 days before the election; and
At least 18 years of age on or before the election.

Election laws fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.

"This law will help us preserve the integrity of every vote in Pennsylvania,'' said Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele. "No one entitled to vote will be denied that right by this bill, but by preventing those not legally allowed to vote from casting ballots, we will make sure every vote carries the weight it should in deciding elections.''

For more information on the voter ID law or voter registration, call the Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit


Anonymous said...

Everyone needs to request an absentee ballot that doesn't require an ID to vote in protest.

Anonymous said...

Supporters of this can deny it, but this was a blatant move by the Republican Party to tamper with the will of the people -- ALL the people.
They know that a higher proportion of the elderly, poor and disenfranchised who do not have a photo ID are Democrats or would be inclined to support candidates who advocate for the less fortunate (usually Democrats), so making the process of voting more difficult for that sector is going to reinforce Republican candidates. I think it is reprehensible and I and a PROUD and staunch Republican myself.
But I am not proud of this unconscionable act by my colleagues hiding behind the smokescreen of "preventing voter fraud."
It really is "preventing some Democrats from voting" and basically throwing the elections.
Shame on them.

Anonymous said...

@9:02, they refer to this as election fraud. Mass disenfranchisement of a constitutionally protected right. Not a privilege, voting is a right.

PA is spending millions to implement a solution to a problem that doesn't exist and this republican legislature and republican governor continue to further the Billionaire supported legislative agenda of ALEC.

Meanwhile, grade schools and middle schools go unfunded.

What a shamefully partisan power grab this is. A sad day in PA's history.

Anonymous said...

The most ironic thing about this law and those it will keep from voting is that...the poor in Potter County tend to vote republican.

Enjoy your legacy.

Anonymous said...

Democrats are nothing more than a bunch of whining hypocrites !

Anonymous said...

the problem doesn't exist? people vote 5 times in pilly. obama will fight this so his welfare following can vote several times.

Anonymous said...

Good for the Governor!!

Obama would never have won the presidency if he had not cheated with people voting several times and no way to check.

Anonymous said...

Horse poop, I have to show photo ID to pick up a order at Walmart? I think voting is more important than that

Anonymous said...

Okay, 9:51. What do you have to substantiate that claim? Put up or shut up.

Anonymous said...

Just another step for BIG BROTHER - it has only just begun.

Anonymous said...

Obama wouldn't have won?

Between Bush's legacy and Sarah Palin that boat was sinking before it launched.

If you don't believe me, ask John McCain himself.

People voting 5 times in Philly? Do you have any proof of this or was this one of Rush Limbagh's oxycotin induced visions?

Democrats are whiny hypocrites? What, when I wasn't looking did we pass a law requiring proof of compassion and intelligence in order to vote?

Anonymous said...

To 9:51, Why is it that if Republicans repeat a lie so many times they start to believe it as fact???

Anonymous said...

See what i mean? Whiny democrats! Unless of course it suits them then it would be a great thing!

Anonymous said...

I agree with this law. I think it is a very good idea. I mean really people how friggin' hard is it to pull out your id and show it when you vote. It will surely stop a lot of fraudulent voting. I want this country to go back to its roots and be honest. Unfortunately our dishonest actions have pushed the government to pass a bill to make the people honest again. Ask yourself this question when you are asked for your ID at the next voting booth "Do I or do I not want this vote of mine and everyone else's to be legitimate and truthful?"

Anonymous said...

Well, that's the whole thing 8:47AM, there ISN'T a whole lot of fraudulent voting. You will always finds 1 or 2 in every election, you know, like the Indiana Secretary of State who was just found guilty of voter fraud, or Ann Coulter, who voted multiple times in the wrong precinct using an address which she did not live at.

When a whole bunch of fraudulent ballots show up in an election, individual voters did not do that. That's Ballot Box Stuffing, Election Fraud...and it is ALWAYS done by election process insiders, not individuals.

Dead people do not walk into a precinct and vote. Nor do Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.

Voting Fraud is being GROSSLY exaggerat5ed as a problem. It has NEVER been found to impact ANY election ANYWHERE in the United States.

Again, voting is a US Constitutionally protected RIGHT. If PA insists on doing this, then PA needs to jump through hoops to ensure EVERY legitimate voter has the proper ID at NO COST to the Voter and no impediment to acquiring said ID.

This is bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Here's the founder of "Moral Majority" and "The Heritage Foundation", Paul Wyerich, advocating for voter suppression:

Anyone who insists that this is not about suppressing likely democratic voters is ignorant of the fraud being pushed on the American public for decades now.

Anonymous said...

photo ids ARE free...what is the gripe?

Anonymous said...

Transportation to and from the photo ID center? Compensation for lost hours at work? Assistance getting the prerequisite underlying ID (SS Card, Birth Certificate)?

I am looking forward to the constitutional challenges.

Anonymous said...

Let's all walk in on election day and wave our SNAP cards and say "here's my ID, now let me vote".

What? You don't have a SNAP card? Now's who's the fool?

Anonymous said...

Ever hear of ACORN 9:25? Of course not, you probably watch CNN or MSNBC. Them damned repub's want to do everything fair and FOX is so up their butt and unfair. Grow a brain and think about what your spouting....please

Anonymous said...

There's tens of thousands of dead Iraqis and Afghanies who disagree with you on that, let alone the dead American servicemen who died for the Republican War Machine.