After two days of debate, the state House approved a variety of changes to the state's Election Code this week, including one that requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls, and another change that would prevent felons from voting for the duration of their maximum sentence, even if they're out of jail on parole.The photo ID measure is supposedly an "anti-fraud tool." Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Cranberry (a Republican backer) noted that "people are required to show photo identification when they fly on a plane, drive a car or cash a check." The Democrats correctly pointed out that transportation by car and airplane is not the same as the constitutionally protected right to vote.
The P-G also reported about House bill No. 1318:
"Even if the bill is taken up, some elements might be too controversial to get past the Senate, then the governor."Let's hope so! Let's also ask:
Why are Republicans always trying to make it more difficult for people to vote?
I know that faithful readers know the answer to that.