Corbett administration backs voter ID requirement

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The state's top election official came out today in support of a GOP-backed effort to require voters to show photo identification every time they cast a ballot in Pennsylvania.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele said that the proposed requirement for photo IDs would make it harder to commit voter fraud.

She made her remarks this morning in Lancaster at the Pennsylvania County Election Officials Conference.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, has been the most vocal proponent of the change in election law but has been unable to get a bill passed in both chambers. With Republicans now in control of both the state House and Senate, the proposal is gaining ground.

Democrats largely oppose the proposal, saying that it would be unnecessarily burdensome, especially for Pennsylvanians who don't have driver's licenses.

Mr. Metcalfe said his legislation ameliorates that concern because it would provide for free photo IDs for non-drivers.

Ms. Aichele, who was nominated by Republican governor Tom Corbett, said her goal is to protect the integrity of every vote.


Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tracie Mauriello: tmauriello@post-gazette.com or 717-787-2141.


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