Pennsylvania HB934 is an act amending the Pennsylvania elections code to tighten the restrictions on voting and prevent “voter fraud.” The bill would require all voters to have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, University-issued student ID, or passport at the polls. A Brennan Institute of NYU Law study has found that over 11% of Americans don’t have this form of identification, and that a disproportionate majority is low income, a racial or ethnic minority, or a senior citizen. The bill has an expected cost of $11 million according to PennDOT. While the necessary identification would be given to voters free of charge, voters would be required to seek the identification independently.
Ultimately, this bill will push those who need identification to great lengths and costs (a trip to the DMV can take a significant amount of time and a passport costs $165) in order to vote, or will disfranchise them altogether.
If HB934 passes during this legislative session, it will affect the electorate for the November 2012 election.
We ask Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and Governor Tom Corbett to repeal PA HB934. We ask that they respect the rights of students, low-income individuals, those of racial and ethnic minorities, and senior citizens to vote as residents of Pennsylvania regardless of whether they possess Pennsylvania ID or a US passport.