State voter ID bill gets backing

Voters should have to show photo identification before casting a ballot, Pennsylvania’s secretary of the commonwealth said Tuesday.

Secretary Carol Aichele told county elections officials at a conference in Lancaster that the requirement would help “protect the integrity of every vote.”

The state House passed a bill on June 23 that would require voters to show a government-issued photo ID with their name and an expiration date. The bill by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, is awaiting Senate action.

Opponents say such a law would disenfranchise voters who don’t have identification.
“My duty, and yours, is to protect the integrity of every vote,” Aichele, the state’s top election official, said during the 2011 Pennsylvania County Election Officials Conference. Aichele is in charge of certifying vote tallies.

“We must ensure every citizen entitled to vote can do so but also prevent anyone not entitled to this right from diluting legal voters’ ballots by casting illegal votes.”

 – Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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