Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Voter ID Plan
Voter ID is an issue on which people have strong views, with those contacting me deeply divided in their perspectives on proposed legislation (House Bill 934). Those who favor it are concerned about ensuring votes are legitimately cast. Those who oppose it contend such a requirement may disenfranchise some voters.
As the bill was initially presented, it struck me as too narrowly drawn. The measure now working its way through the Senate broadens the field on acceptable ID, offering a better balance.
Today, the bill came out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. To become law, it still needs action by the full Senate, and House accord with the changes approved by the Senate.
If a bill is passed soon, the Corbett Administration plans a "soft" rollout for the primary election. This means the requirement will be tested, but not enforced. This will yield a factual basis for making a judgment on how voting is affected, and allow for any needed fixes before the general election.
This debate prompted me to take a look at the broader track record on voter registration and turnout. I am convinced we are failing to use technology to increase the number of eligible voters. I will soon introduce a bill to open up on-line registration.