|Posted:||December 3, 2020 11:28 AM|
|From:||Senator Judy Ward|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Voter ID Law|
The premise behind voter ID laws is to ensure that individuals are not misrepresenting themselves when voting and, thus, potentially negating the votes of others. Voter ID laws can also serve to increase public confidence in the election process.
In light of challenges to photo ID laws in other states and a Commonwealth Court ruling that nullified Pennsylvania’s 2012 voter ID law, I am proposing a bill that applies the voter ID requirement to each and every election and includes both photo and non-photo options on the list of acceptable forms of ID.
Under my proposal, the forms of ID that will be acceptable are the same as the options that are currently available to first-time voters in PA. They include the following forms of photo and non-photo ID:
At the present time, a total of 35 states have laws requesting or requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls, all of which were in force in 2018. Among these states Ohio, Arizona and North Dakota permit both photo and non-photo ID
This will be a companion bill to Representative Jeff Wheeland's proposal.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as SB422