HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today he would continue fighting for stronger voter ID requirements and other election reforms in the Commonwealth despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto Wednesday of the Voting Rights Protection Act.
“There is broad bipartisan support for expanded voter ID laws to boost election security,” Causer said. “We already show ID for most everything we do. It is not too much to ask – and will not ‘disenfranchise’ anyone, as the governor claims – to have people present ID when exercising their right to vote. The law even would have required counties and the Department of State to provide an ID to all registered voters to ensure the voter ID requirement could be met.”
Causer said lawmakers will be looking at other options to implement voter ID, including legislation that would propose to amend the state Constitution to require it and bypass the governor entirely.
In addition to voter ID, House Bill 1300
would have further tightened election security by requiring risk-limiting audits in all elections, as well as audits of the Department of State and the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors every five years; enhancing certification processes for all machines used in elections; and requiring signature verification using ballot scanning equipment for mail-in and absentee ballots.
It also would have addressed issues raised by local election officials, by allowing earlier counting of mail-in ballots, and moving the last day to register to vote back to 30 days prior to an election to allow sufficient time for processing.
Representative Martin T. Causer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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