Monday, December 12, 2011

Senate State Government Committee to Consider PA Voter ID Bill

The Pennsylvania Senate’s State Government Committee will meet today at 12:30 p.m. to consider House Bill 934. 934 is controversial to Democrats in that it changes Pennsylvania’s Election Code to require that voters show a valid form of identification before voting.

The bill requires an elector to produce a photo id issued by either the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States Government that contains their name as they are registered to vote, has an expiration date. For those that do not possess a valid ID, the bill further orders PENNDOT to issue one at no cost to the applicant. A new form would be created for these requests and disseminated to every county voter services department across the state.

Some of the IDs that would be accepted are:

  • Valid PA Driver’s License
  • Valid PA ID issued from another government agency
  • Valid US Government ID
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Student ID Card
  • Valid Employee ID Card
  • Valid Armed Services ID Card

If someone does not have any of these, they can bring with them to the polls any of the following:

  • Valid non-photo identification issued by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof
  • A Non-photo identification issued by the United States Government, or agency thereof
  • A firearm permit
  • A current utility bill
  • A current bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check

So, if you don’t have a valid form of ID, the Commonwealth will give you one for free and you can get the application for the same in your local county voter registration office. Assuming you cannot travel there, you can call and they would certainly mail one to you. If even that is too much for you, you can still bring another document that you should get weekly or monthly if you have a bank account, pay utilities, have a job, or are on some form of welfare or government assistance.

Still, the Democrats oppose this bill.

A supermajority of the Democrats in the House and Senate passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. President Obama signed it. Among the many federal regulations it advanced, it allowed the Federal Government to “establish a minimum age of sale of tobacco products to any person older than 18 years of age.” That is accomplished by producing ID.

So, Democrats believe you should have to produce ID before you buy a pack of smokes but not before you vote. It is just bizarre.

You shouldn’t be selling tobacco to kids. The way you stop that is by asking for identification and refusing the sale if they cannot produce it. You shouldn’t be perpetuating voter fraud. The way you stop that is by asking for identification and refusing them the vote if they cannot produce it.

It seems simple enough.

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