In response to Tom Bills' letter about "voter fraud" ("Real Voter Fraud," Aug. 9), I believe we need to let PG readers know the facts. There has never been a prosecuted case in Pennsylvania where a vote was fraudulently cast and counted. Never.
The attorneys for Gov. Tom Corbett's illegal voter ID law stated that there "have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania." In addition, they did not argue the existence of or offer a single case involving this theoretical event. Mr. Corbett's attorney also further stated that there is no evidence that it has ever occurred in the state.
Politically, however, state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai claimed that "there has been a history of voter fraud in Pennsylvania." This is false.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the bill's sponsor, claimed that our votes are now "protected from the forces of corruption." Mr. Metcalfe did not say that those forces are imaginary.
Several voting rights organizations have submitted data showing that this legislation would disproportionately affect minorities, poor, elderly and students. The law is not needed. The law is partisan and is aimed at suppressing votes. Regardless of your party affiliation this should be troubling.
We need more participation in our political system, not less. It should be made easier to vote, not more difficult. By any objective measure the real frauds here are the elected officials spend their time claiming to solve a problem that just does not exist simply to advance their own self-interests.