Pennsylvania's new voter I.D. law will disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered voters - mostly minorities, the poor, elderly and women. While this Web site is usually concerned exclusively with education issues, we thought this unconstitutional law was actually more fundamental. If people are denied their right to vote, we lose our very Democracy.

To battle this law, we've started two petitions - one for Allegheny County residents and one for residents of the rest of Pennsylvania. We also delivered the Allegheny County petition to the county Bureau of elections. Please scroll down to find out more information and to find out what forms of identification will be acceptable at the polls this November.

The individual county petitions may be found here:

Allegheny: http://signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-pa-voter

Montgomery: http://signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-pas-unfair

Delaware: http://signon.org/sign/pa-say-no-to-enforcing

Chester: http://signon.org/sign/no-voter-id-enforcement

Lehigh: http://signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-enforcing-1

Monroe: http://signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-voter

Lackawanna: http://signon.org/sign/say-no-to-the-voter-id-1

Snyder: http://signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-denying

McKean: http://signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-voter-1






We did it! Grassroots activists protected the right to vote—again! Today, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson issued a partial injunction on the implementation of the Voter ID Law, ruling that while poll workers can still request it, no eligible voter is required to present a photo ID to cast their normal ballot.

What does that mean? In short, all Pennsylvania voters will be able to cast a ballot that will be counted in this year's election, whether or not they have a photo ID.

While not a complete injunction, this is a win for Pennsylvanians who've been beaten down by the Republican majority in our legislature and the governor's office for the past two years. It's a win for advocacy groups like MoveOn, ColorOfChange, ACLU, and the Advancement Project who are fighting across the country to protect the right to vote. But most importantly, it's a victory for the more than 750,000 voters who can now cast a ballot thanks to you—the 20,000 Pennsylvanians who signed my petition on SignOn.org and all the other MoveOn members who've stood tall against this law.

Whatever we do from this point on, we mustn't become complacent. We have to show the Mike Turzais and Daryl Metcalfes of this world that not only do we demand the right to vote, we will proudly exercise it. We have a moral imperative to go to the polls en mass on November 6 to keep our state on the path toward progress.

Are you registered to vote yet? If not, then sign up now and, if you're already registered, vist the registration form and share it with at least one friend.

Click here to register to vote online with this easy new process.

As a Pittsburgh area school teacher, there's a video I show my students about the Civil Rights Movement that always makes me cry. An activist beaten during Bloody Sunday speaks about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, saying "The right to vote, we did that. That is done." The kids and I kind of mutually agree not to look at each other at that moment, because some of them are tearing up, too. I feel kind of like that today. I doubt that unnamed activist would have guessed that the right he thought he had won would ever be challenged again, but perhaps that is the lesson we can all take from the voter ID battle.

We stopped what would have otherwise been one of the darkest moments in Pennsylvania's history. And we did it because people signed, they called, they rallied, Twitter bombed, and did everything else possible to make it clear that Pennsylvanians don't want our rights trampled or our elections stolen. I'm truly humbled by what we achieved.

The voter ID debacle isn't completely over. And after the election, we're definitely continuing the effort to completely defeat it. But we're focused on this moment right now, and I don't know about you, but I can't wait to cast my vote this year. If you haven't done so already, take a moment to register to vote:

Click here to register to vote.

And if you're already registered, share the form. There's nothing I'd honestly like more this November 6 than a line at the polls!

Thanks for all you do.

–Steven Singer

Judge Simpson's injunction extends 'soft rollout' of Voter ID law

Judge Simpson's injunction extends 'soft rollout' of Voter ID law

Judge blocks enforcement of portion of Pa. voter ID law

Reactions to Judge Simpson's voter ID ruling

Interactive map: Voter ID across the U.S.

Full ruling on Pennsylvania's voter ID law


(By Laura Olson, Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/2/12)

Do I need to have an ID for the election in November?

Election workers still will ask voters for photo identification, though it will not be required in order to cast a ballot.

What will happen if I don't?

Voters without ID will still be allowed to vote using the regular procedures.

Will I have to stand in a separate line at the poll to cast a provisional ballot?

Those without ID will not automatically be required to use a provisional ballot. The alternative voting method could still be used as it was in past elections, such as when a voter appears at the wrong polling place.

What does the ruling change about how to get an ID?

State officials will continue to issue traditional PennDOT IDs and the newer Department of State IDs to registered voters.

If an ID is no longer required, why is state still advertising the need to get an ID?

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled that other provisions of the law pertaining to educating voters on the new law -- which will be in full effect for elections beginning next year -- can continue.

Can this ruling be appealed?

The ruling can be appealed to the state Supreme Court. State officials have not announced a decision on a potential appeal.


176,484 Accounts Reached!


Wow! I didn’t think we could reach more people with our Twitter bomb today than we did yesterday...


Our total for Day 4 - the final day of the Twitter bomb the courts campaign - is 176,484 people reached! Even more impressively, if we count repeated tweets, we get 394,935!

I am humbled by how much so many of you took to this crazy project. I had heard of Twitter bombs before but never even participated less than lead the charge.

Yes, as some of you noted, Twitter bombs have sometimes been used to spread lies and disinformation. In 2010, Iowa Conservatives used a Twitter bomb to smear U.S. Senate Candidate Martha Coakley who narrowly lost to Republican Scott Brown in a special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts seat. However, we used this same device for good. Instead of smearing anyone, instead of spreading lies and rumors, we told the truth. We showed that Twitter bombs are tools that in the words of Abby Normal (@RealSillyPutty) “this is not so much a twitter "bomb" as a legal, peaceful protest.”

So here’s how our impact breaks down:

Day 1: 10,791

Day 2: 26,101

Day 3: 139,737

Day 4: 176,484

Today Judge Robert Simpson concluded his hearing on Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. I expect we may have his decision tomorrow, but certainly no later than Oct. 2.

Pardon the vulgarity, but no matter what happens, we can take comfort that we fought like Hell. Stay tuned.

And tomorrow from 6-9 p.m. turn off your darn computer and visit with your families! ;)

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Day 4 of Twitter Bomb the Courts Campaign



Pardon the pun, but today our Twitter bomb exploded!

On Monday, we reached 10,791 people. Yesterday, we reached 26,101.

And today we reached 139,737!!!

Again that’s not counting repeats. If we add those in, we reached 145,401 people!

Yet we’re still not technically “trending.” I think it’s because the 6-9 p.m. block is a very busy one. If we reached that many accounts at noon, we’d trend. It would just be much harder because less people are on-line. However, I think it’s more valuable that we reach the most number of people so despite not trending, I think we’ve picked the right time to Twitter bomb.

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Day 3 of Twitter Bomb the Courts Campaign

Which brings me to Day 4 of our Twitter bomb - the final day!

Thursday, 9/27/12, starts the last day of hearings before Judge Simpson on the Pennsylvania voter ID law. And there’s good news! On Tuesday, Judge Simpson seemed to be inclined toward halting implementation of the law. "I think it's possible there could be an injunction entered here," he said. "I need some input from people who have been thinking about this longer than I have." Well, we’ve given him quite a bit of input. Let’s do this one more time!

So Thursday, 9/27/12, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Eastern) please tweet - and tweet often. We’re asking you to send out at least 3 tweets, but the more you send, the more you amplify our action. ALSO I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS YOU TWEET FROM 6 P.M. - 9 P.M. Since it’s a high traffic time on twitter, more people will see us. Can we beat 140,000!? I doubt it, but let’s try!


Twitter bomb? Today we had a Twitter supernova!

We sent out more than 1,500 tweets and reached 26,101 accounts with our twitter bomb! That’s more than double what we got yesterday! Moreover, that doesn’t count repeats. If we count users who received a tweet more than once, we reached 37,578 accounts!

And to add icing to an already delicious cake, we reached more than 20,000 signatures on our Statewide Just Say “No” To Voter ID petition!

That’s a lot of people who heard us exercise our free speech today.

Was Judge Simpson one of them? It’s hard to say. He did have his first day of hearings on the voter ID law. He’s scheduled to continue hearings on Thursday - the last day of our Twitter bomb. He’s said he won’t wait until the Oct. 2 deadline to make a ruling. So we can expect to find out if our civil rights will be trampled by late this week or early next week.

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Day 2 of Twitter Bomb the Courts Campaign


Which brings me to Twitter Bomb Day 3.

Please join me in keeping this action going. We need to keep the momentum rolling into the next two days.

The state argued before Judge Simpson today that efforts being made now to increase the ease of getting a photo ID argue in favor of keeping the law in place. With only about 6 weeks until the election, they could hand them out in the streets with a free beer and they wouldn’t reach everyone. That’s what voter ID supporters don’t understand. It’s not just the majority that need access to the polls. It’s EVERYONE!

So Wednesday, 9/26/12, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Eastern) please tweet - and tweet often. We’re asking you to send out at least 3 tweets, but the more you send, the more you amplify our action. ALSO I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS YOU TWEET FROM 6 P.M. - 9 P.M. That increases our chances of trending, and since it’s a high traffic time on twitter, more people will see us.


10,791. That’s the number of accounts we reached with our twitter bomb today.

Wow! And all we did was type and click!

First off, thank you to everyone who participated in Day 1 of our Twitter Bomb campaign. Someone tweeted that she didn’t think it was a “bomb” at all but a peaceful protest and exercise of our free speech. I would agree. In the Citizens United verdict, our federal Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people. Today we reminded our state courts that people are people, too.

I’ve tried to find out exactly how many tweets were sent from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. today but have not been able to do so. I do know we had at least 300 - probably many more. I don’t think we quite trended but we certainly made a dent. If you search “#HaltPAVoterID” in google, you do get some results.

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Day 1 of Twitter Bomb the Courts Campaign


Let’s Twitter Bomb the courts this week! In less than 10 minutes a day for 4 days, we could really make a difference!

You may not know it but you’re already an e-activist. After all, you signed my petition on signon.org asking local election officials not to enforce Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law if the courts leave it in place for this presidential election.

Our courts are perilously close to letting us down. In Commonwealth Court, Republican Judge Robert Simpson found no problem with it. In the Supreme Court, they found issue but passed the buck sending the case back to Judge Simpson. They told him to halt implementation of the law unless the state can prove voters won’t be disenfranchised.

This should be a no brainer. Everyone admits there are hundreds of thousands of registered Pennsylvania voters without photo ID and only 9,000 new IDs have been issued since March. There’s no way between 90,000 - 749,000 people can get ID by November 6.

We could take to the streets as we have in the past with rallies, picketing legislators offices, etc. However, Judge Simpson will hear the case again on Tuesday, 9/25/12, and possibly Thursday, 9/27/12, in Harrisburg. It will be a challenge to get something together before then.

So I suggest we get all 21st Century on them.

I suggest we use a Twitter bomb.



A Twitter bomb is when a large number of Twitter accounts send a large number of Tweets within a short period of time. A Twitter-bomb reaches a large number of people very quickly. In addition, because Google is displaying Twitter trends in a prominent place, you influence Google search results. The result is disproportionate exposure to personal opinions that would otherwise not find their way in the first page of Google search results, giving them the opportunity to spread virally.

And it’s very simple to do.

All you need is a Twitter account and less than 10 minutes.

Therefore, please join us in a Twitter Bomb campaign on Monday, 9/24/12, Tuesday, 9/25/12, Wednesday, 9/26/12, and Thursday, 9/27/12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On each day, we’re asking you to send at least 3 tweets with the hashtag #HaltPAVoterID. Send one to @PaCourts, another to @SupremeCtofPA and another either to your followers or to @DarylMetcalfe.


What should you say? Here are some examples:

  • PennDOT says 758,000 people have no photo ID. Only 9,000 new IDs issued since March. 749,000 to go in 5 weeks! #HaltPAVoterID

  • Pennsylvania officials cannot document 1 case of voter fraud. Yet PennDOT says there are 758,000 without photo ID. #HaltPaVoterID

  • Photo IDs are issued at PennDOT centers, but 9 rural counties have no driver’s license centers at all. #HaltPAVoterID

  • Photo IDs are issued at PennDOT - in 20 counties containing 1.5 million people, PennDOT is open three or fewer days weekly! #HaltPAVoterID

  • Photo IDs are issued at PennDOT centers, but only 7 of 67 counties have more than one driver’s license center. #HaltPAVoterID

  • Brennan Center for Justice: 25% of African Americans, 16% of Latinos, and 18% of seniors lack photo IDs. #HaltPAVoterID

  • Voter Suppression: "Voter ID which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania - done." -Mike Turzai #HaltPAVoterID

  • Rep. Metcalfe says no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised by voter ID. I AM A LEGITIMATE VOTER! #HaltPAVoterID

  • Voting is a right not a privilege! Don’t take away my rights! #HaltPAVoterID

  • No more stolen elections! #HaltPAVoterID

Or any other similar message you can think of.

There are almost 20,000 people who have signed my petition. If all of you sent 3 tweets for each of the 4 days, we could trend on Twitter, go to the top of search engines and really get our message across to Judge Simpson and the state!

Will you join us?


Steven Singer

P.S. - If you don’t have a Twitter account, it’s free and very easy to do. Please follow me at @StevenSinger3.





This is what Democracy looks like!

Today more than 30 Pittsburgh area residents took to the streets to deliver a petition with more than 17,000 signatures against Pennsylvania’s new voter I.D. law.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, as the state Supreme Court began hearing the case against the law, we took our case directly to the Allegheny County Election Bureau in downtown Pittsburgh. Our plan: to ask our local election officials not to enforce this law regardless of the court’s decision.


We met in front of the Allegheny County Court House and were immediately surrounded by a sea of reporters from WTAE-TV (ABC), WPXI-TV (NBC), KDKA-TV (CBS), the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and others. After a round of interviews, I presented a milk crate stuffed to overflowing with both the statewide petition of more than 17,300 signatures and the Allegheny County petition of more than 4,400 signatures. Let me tell you, Democracy is heavy!

State Rep. Bill Kortz (left) and Joe Kuenzig of Munhall carry a crate with more than 17,000 signed petitions opposing the new Pennsylvania voter ID law to the County Office Building as protesters of the law follow behind in downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 13, 2012. The organizer of the event, Steven Singer (far left) an eighth-grade teacher at Steel Valley in Munhall, says the district he teaches in will be especially impacted by the voter ID law. "This is personal for me," he said. "We hope the State Supreme Court will either halt the law or throw it out." Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review


To read about the whole event, see more pictures and video, please click below:

Voter I.D. Petition Press Conference and Delivery

Media for the event:





FOX 53 (FOX)




Activist against Pennsylvania's new voter I.D. law Steven Singer sat down with Mike Romigh on PCNC's "Night Talk" on Tuesday, 8/21/12. You can check out the whole show HERE.



Voting rights activists in Pennsylvania say they’ve gathered thousands of petition signatures urging county election officials not to comply with Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. WBAI’s Jose Santiago discussed the issue with Steven Singer, a teacher from the Pittsburgh area who started the online petition.



In a little-remembered moment during the 2010 campaign, Governor Tom Corbett told a gathering of suburban Republicans to “keep down” Philadelphia's Democratic voter turnout.

“We want to make sure that they don't get 50-percent [voter turnout],” he said, referring to Philadelphia Democrats. “Keep that down."

The item generated some news media attention at the time but has gone unmentioned during the current debate over the state's contentious new voter ID requirement, which could keep Democratic-leaning student, black, Latino, poor and elderly voters from the polls this November.

“It is extremely disturbing, but not surprising, that Tom Corbett is actively working to suppress the vote in Philadelphia,” State Democratic Chairman Jim Burn told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette two years ago.

PennDOT officials testified in Commonwealth Court that 758,000 registered voters don't have the necessary photo identification to vote - 9% of the population. Citizens affected are mostly in the urban centers Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Read the whole article in Philadelphia City Paper:

Philadelphia City Paper



The Ed Schultz Show


By Deborah Duncan

Published by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Steven Singer of White Oak thinks Pennsylvania's new voter ID law will prevent many people from voting in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

That's why he started an online petition that he delivered Tuesday with 2,200 signatures to Allegheny County Elections Director Mark Wolosik, asking him not to enforce the new law.

"I teach in Munhall at Steel Valley Middle School, and many of my students' parents would be affected by this," Mr. Singer said. "Many of those parents don't drive, they take buses, so they don't have a driver's license with a photo. People seem to think that everyone has a driver's license, but they don't. There are elderly parents of people who have signed the petition who say their parents won't be able to vote."

"The urban centers of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will be the most impacted by this," he said. "These are the people who rely on public transportation and don't have cars."

"This just reminds me of the poll taxes before the Civil Rights Act of 1965," he said. "They made people pay a tax before they could vote, and then when they'd present their receipt, people at the polls would say it was smudged or something."

Mr. Singer began the online petition drive two weeks ago on the website SignOn.org.

He decided to start the drive when he saw state Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, quoted as saying that the new law would "allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania."

"That comment, to me, made the purpose of the law crystal clear. It made it a partisan issue," he said. "And in the hearings before the Commonwealth Court, there was not one case of in-person voter fraud. We don't have enough people in this country voting. Why would we discourage people?"

Those who want to sign the petition can do so at www.signon.org/sign/just-say-no-to-pa-voter.

Read the whole article:

Teacher launches petition drive against voter ID law

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Opponents Regroup After Judge Refuses To Block New Election Rules

By Gene Demby

Published in the Huffington Post


Steven Singer was getting ready to start his day Wednesday morning when he got wind of some news: a Pennsylvania judge decided not to block the state's polarizing new voter ID law.

"I was pretty sure that the courts were going to strike this down," said Singer, an eighth-grade school teacher in Allegheny County, Pa. "I was really shocked by this verdict."

Two weeks ago, Singer started a petition challenging local elections officials to declare that they wouldn't enforce the state's new law, following similar statements made by other election officials elsewhere in the state.

Under the new law, which went into effect in March, voters must present certain types of approved identification for in-person voting. The most widely available form of ID that is valid for voting is a state-issued driver's license or non-driver's ID. Critics of the law have argued that it effectively disenfranchises the poor, the elderly, African Americans and Latinos, all groups that are less likely to have official identification -- and groups that tend to vote for Democratic candidates.

"Part of the reason I feel I'm able to speak out about this is because the community in which I live has a large population of minority students," Singer said. "This is going to affect the parents of the students that I teach."

For his part, Singer said he'll now switch gears to focus on helping people to understand how the new rules will affect them. "There's lots of people who say, 'oh, just get an ID, you need an ID for everything in this world,'" he said. "I think people need to have the imagination and the empathy to understand that there are people out there who are not like you."

Read the whole article:

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Opponents Regroup After Judge Refuses To Block New Election Rules


Petitioners filled Allegheny County Elections Bureau to deliver a request for election officials not to enforce the state's voter I.D. law.


Eyes were opened today as 15 of the more than 2,200 of us who signed our petition against Pennsylvania’s new voter I.D. law delivered it to the Allegheny County Elections Bureau - in person.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, we met at the county court house in downtown Pittsburgh. I made signs and had two printed copies of the petition with me. It was a busy street with scores of business people returning from their lunch breaks. When they saw the slogans on our signs, eyes widened, jaws dropped and foot traffic slowed so pedestrians could get a peak at who these strange people were. Some slogans in red, white and blue were: “Just Say No!”, “Count Every Vote!”, “Civil Rights First!”, “No Fraud Equals No Need for Voter I.D.”, “Poll Tax, Literacy Test, Voter I.D.?” and “Voting is a Right Not a Privilege!”


Two African American gentlemen stopped us to ask what we were protesting. When we told them, they asked to join us - one of them loudly chanting from the sign I gave him, “Civil Rights First!”

As the media started to converge on us, I gathered the assemblage to instruct them on what we were going to do. We also practiced chanting a call-and-response of “Just Say - NO!”, “Count Every - VOTE!” and “Civil Rights - FIRST!” A police officer asked us to please not block the sidewalk, but he was very friendly, knew we were within our rights to be there and we made a special effort to follow his instructions. After doing a few brief interviews with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and some others, we marched a street over to the county office building - home of the election bureau.


To read about the whole event, see more pictures and video, please click below:

Voter I.D. Petition Delivery

Election Division head says he won’t denounce Voter ID law

Mark Wolosik


(From the McKeesport Daily News)

The manager of Allegheny County’s Elections Division said Wednesday he cannot denounce the state Voter ID law, as he was urged to do in a petition a White Oak resident posted online.

“Whatever the current provisions of the election code are, we are bound by law to follow them,” said Mark Wolosik.

Steven Singer, an eighth-grade teacher in the Steel Valley School District, created his petition on a site related to the activist group MoveOn.org.

“Why would anyone enforce this outrageous new law that could prevent up to 758,000 registered Pennsylvanians from voting?” asked the petition posted at SignOn.org.

Read the whole article:

Election Division head says he won’t denounce Voter ID law


Newsworks Host Dave Heller

Our petition - Just Say "No" To PA. Voter ID Law - was on Newsworks Tonight on WHYY in Philadelphia. Dave Hellor interviewed me about why we were doing this. It was really good coverage and I thought you might be interested in hearing it. You can find audio of the broadcast at the Newsworks Tonight main page: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/nwt-full-shows. Click on Full Show Aug. 8, 2012.

I'm interviewed about 2 or 3 minutes into the program.




State Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, told the Republican State Committee on June 23, 2012, that the new state voter ID law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” He as much as admitted it will turn away eligible voters - mostly the poor, elderly and women - who traditionally vote Democratic. However, one thing it will not do is what supporters originally proposed at the law’s inception - prevent voter fraud. State attorneys defending the new voter ID law at a hearing will present no evidence that in-person electoral fraud is likely to occur this November without the law, according to a court document. The state and the parties challenging the law agreed in the court document that neither side knows of cases of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania. However, the new law could prevent up to 758,000 registered Pennsylvanians from voting! Our problem in this country is low voter turn out, not people voting multiple times! This is a violation of our civil rights and must be stopped.

That's why I created a petition to Mark Wolosik, Division Manager, Allegheny County Elections Division, which says:

" Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele is in charge of the state's new voter ID law and she just admitted, "I don't know what the law says." Another local official testified in court that she was "anticipating a mess" on Election Day because of the new law. So why would anyone enforce this outrageous new law that could prevent up to 758,000 registered Pennsylvanians from voting? Already, some election officials have started to say they won't comply with these outlandish requirements—but we need election officials across Pennsylvania to join in, to the full extent of their legal authority, and Just Say No to enforcing this law. That’s why we're calling on Division Manager, Allegheny County Elections Division Mark Wolosik to join in, to the full extent of his legal authority, and Just Say No to enforcing the new Voter ID law."

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name:



Steven Singer

T.E.A.C.H. Co-Founder


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Finally - the truth! State Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, told the Republican State Committee on June 23, 2012, that the new state voter ID law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” Republicans have previously touted the measure as a way of stopping voter fraud.

Read the article from Capitolwire:

Turzai tells state GOP that voter ID law boosts party in prez race


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