Orie wants to require voters to show ID at the polls
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HARRISBURG -- The federal Help America Vote Act requires a person who is voting for the first time in a municipality to show photo identification.
Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, wants to go even farther, requiring all voters to show photo ID every time before they cast a ballot.
She said that 24 states now have broader voter ID requirements than the federal law.
Senate Bill 514 would change the state's election code to require voters to identify themselves each time they vote, using a "valid and reliable picture ID," such as a driver's license, passport, or a combination of two documents, one of which contains a photo and the other which has the voter's name and current address.
"This would not pose a major inconvenience to voters, since most adults carry one form of photo ID or another," Ms. Orie said. "This safeguard would help to protect the voting process and ensure that elections are conducted fairly."
Her bill was sent to the Senate State Government Committee for discussion.
First Published March 4, 2009 10:02 am