Thursday, July 19 2012 4:11 PM EDT2012-07-19 20:11:23 GMT
The Pennsylvania Department of State "is" trying to implement the new voter ID law. We caught up with Secretary Carol Aichele in Gettysburg talking at a Department of Aging convention about the newMore >>
PennDOT recently reported that nine percent of registered voters don't have a PennDOT-issued photo ID, and critics are pointing to original estimates from the bill's proponents that said only one percent of voters don't have proper ID.More >>
Thursday, July 19 2012 5:41 AM EDT2012-07-19 09:41:22 GMT
PETER JACKSON Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Lawyers in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification law says at least one million Pennsylvania voters lack the photo IDMore >>
Lawyers in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification law says at least one million Pennsylvania voters lack the photo ID they'll need for their votes to count in the November 6 election.More >>
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
A Pennsylvania legislator said he plans to introduce a bill that would repeal Pennsylvania's new voter ID law.
State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) said Thursday that new information has come to light about impact of the law and the motivations behind it since the measure was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this year.
"Since we cast that vote, we have received more information that would have been relevant to our deliberations and which show that the disenfranchisement the new law visits on the people of Pennsylvania was far more dramatic than we were originally led to believe, and that the motivations behind the law were not as they were represented during our previous debate," Leach said in a statement released to state lawmakers.
Original estimates from the bill's proponents were that only one percent of voters - or 80,000 voters - do not have proper identification.
Leach said the Department of State later reported that 9.2 percent of Pennsylvanians would be disenfranchised by voter ID, and the Department of Transportation recently reported that nine percent of registered voters do not have a PennDOT-issued photo ID.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which has filed a lawsuit challenging the measure, says its own statewide poll put the number around 12 percent - or about one million Pennsylvanians.
Voter ID was also sold as a bill to reduce voter fraud, but opponents have suggested there were political motives behind its passage.
Leach said that in order to address voter fraud, his bill would double - to 10 years in prison - the current penalties for committing voter impersonation. The measure is currently circulating for co-sponsors.
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Lancaster City Police say the woman who reported she was abducted in Lancaster on Tuesday morning lied. Police say it appears 33-year-old Maria Collazo drove herself to the park and locked herself in theMore >>
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