Mundy to vote against needless, expensive voter ID bill
HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Phyllis Mundy today will vote against the so-called "Voter ID" bill that would disenfranchise residents and waste millions of dollars during a time the Governor has proposed another round of painful budget cuts.
"I believe strongly in the concept of one person, one vote," said Mundy, D-Luzerne. "If there was any substantial evidence of voter impersonation that could justify the expenditure of millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars, I would be among the first to sign on to a solution. But the fact is, there is no such evidence."
Mundy noted that many organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of Retired Persons and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania oppose House Bill 934.
"This bill has been mislabeled," Mundy said. "It's not a voter identification bill. It's a voter suppression bill that will deny many of our citizens their most fundamental right in a Democratic society."
The Brennan Center for Justice reported that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have a government-issued photo they would need to vote under this legislation. Obtaining the identification will be time-consuming and for many, difficult.
Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has said it would cost $4.3 million to implement the legislation. Mundy added that there likely will be additional costs to defend the legislation in court. A judge in Wisconsin has struck down that state's voter identification after a legal challenge. The U.S. Justice Department blocked South Carolina's voter ID bill in December and has stepped in to block Texas’ voter ID law.
"At a time when the majority in the House, Senate and Governor's Office are cutting vital human services to our frail elderly in nursing homes and cutting early childhood education for our children, they are wasting time, money and effort on a problem that doesn't exist," Mundy said
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