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Amended state voter ID bill moves forward

December 12, 2011   ·   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   ·  Source Article

Pennsylvania's state Senate narrowly passed a restrictive government-issued voter ID bill through committee.  Like similar bills passed in states across the country, this bill, if passed, will make it more difficult for groups who are less likely to have the necessary qualifying identification -- senior citizens, people with disabilities, students, minorities, and low-income citizens -- to vote in the 2012 presidential election and beyond.

 

Supporters of the bill claim that the laws are intended to discourage voter impersonation fraud, but have provided no evidence of such fraud existing.

State Senator Jake Corman offered his reason for opposing the law: "I wasn't going to vote to put a roadblock before voters without any credible evidence of a problem," Mr. Corman said. "If someone can show me some evidence, I'm happy to consider it."