FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Margo Davidson
Davidson to vote 'No' on bill that would waste $10 million,
make it harder for seniors, disabled to vote
HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, plans to vote against a bill that would waste $10 million in tax dollars and make it harder for senior citizens, people with disabilities and many other Pennsylvanians to vote. The bill (H.B. 934) is poised for a final House vote this week.
"We all want to prevent fraud, but the only thing this bill would prevent is a lot of good people, especially our senior citizens and those with disabilities, from exercising their right to vote. This bill would require every voter to provide unexpired, valid government photo identification to vote in each election. The League of Women Voters has pointed out that 18 percent of seniors do not have a state or federal government-issued photo ID. In Pennsylvania, that's 340,000 seniors, many of whom have voted for decades, yet Republicans rejected amendments to allow any other kind of identification. This burdensome new requirement would also harm students, people with disabilities and others who may not have a state or federal government-issued photo ID, and it would impose a new cost on the state to pay for thousands of free IDs," Davidson said.
"This bill would cost the taxpayers of Pennsylvania $10 million – more than enough to undo the state funding cuts Republicans are making to Upper Darby and William Penn schools. In the 2008 presidential election, 5,995,137 Pennsylvanians cast ballots. Just four people have been prosecuted for voter fraud since the 2008 and subsequent Pennsylvania elections.
"At a cost of $2.5 million per person committing voter fraud, this legislation is a terrible waste of hard-earned taxpayer money. Pennsylvania should be making it easier for residents to vote, not making it harder.
"This bill is especially disappointing because many House Republicans worked with House Democrats earlier this month to pass a new law that protects unemployment insurance benefits for thousands of Pennsylvania workers. I'll repeat what I said about that bipartisan success last week: all legislators can and should work on behalf of the people and not radical ideology to suppress votes."