State House To Consider Photo ID For Voters

Brad Bumsted
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The state House will vote on Monday on legislation requiring voters to show photo identification to cast a ballot in November, the majority leader said on Thursday.

The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday in a 26-23 vote. Republicans control both chambers, and GOP Gov. Tom Corbett supports the legislation.

Proponents say the measure will curb voter fraud. Opponents claim it will depress turnout among low-income people in urban areas who lack photo ID and would vote for Democrats.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, rebuffed criticism from Democrats that the legislation is a “voter suppression” bill.

The bill says ID such as a driver’s license, passport, municipal employee ID, photo ID from nursing homes and universities is acceptable if it has a valid expiration date.

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