5:51 AM EDT, April 11, 2012
Voter rights are in being questioned in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The newly signed Voter ID bill is getting some challenges. The bill requires a person to bring id to the polls but some groups oppose the measure.
Some groups are worried that this law disenfranchises a certain set of voters. The challenges are coming from two Democratic Representatives and the ACLU. They hope to stop the implementation of the Voter ID bill before it ever happens.
"We just want to protect citizens and their right to vote," said Representative Seth Grove, (R) York County.
The idea is seemingly simple. But the reaction to the Voter Identification bill has been anything but. Two groups have announced they plan to fight the new legislation both in court and at the Capitol.
"This bill tries to fix something that isn`t broken," said Representative Frank Dermody, (D) Allegheny County on the House floor while debating this measure. "We have heard over and over again, it`s a solution in search of a problem."
Governor Tom Corbett signed the controversial bill into law in March. The bill requires a voter to show identification each and every time they hit the polls. Supporters say it will cut down on voter fraud.
"Voter fraud is happening in Pennsylvania and it is fairly widespread. This is a good way to fix it," said Representative Will Tallman, (R) York and Adams County.
Detractors oppose the measure because it will hamper the poor, elderly and minority voters who might not have identification. Two Philadelphia Democrats announced yesterday they plan to present a bill that would repeal Voter ID. At the same time, the ACLU is considering a lawsuit against the measure.
"If it`s not broke, don`t fix it. There is nothing wrong with our electoral process right now," said Representative Ronald Waters, (D) Philadelphia during an interview right after the bill was approved by the General Assembly.
"Ninety percent of individuals in the state have some form of ID and we provide mechanisms in there to get ID," said Grove.
Both sides estimate this bill will cost between $5 and $11 million to implement. Still, supporters say it protects the integrity of the process.
"I believe most people that are here legitimately and are eligible to vote, will have voter ID," said Tallman.
Representatives Dwight Evans, (D) Philadelphia and John Myers, (D) Philadelphia are the two legislators bringing forth the bill to repeal the Voter ID law. They say they plan to do so immediately.
The Democratic Policy Committee is holding a public hearing on this matter today at 2 pm in Waverly.
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