The issue of requiring a government-issued photo ID when voting has been a hotly debated topic for some time statewide. Unfortunately, there has been a coordinated misinformation campaign by opponents of the law.
The most common “fact” is that there is virtually no voter fraud since there have been so few prosecutions of the crime, and hence no need for the requirement.
Having been a poll watcher at various polls in Lackawanna County for more than 15 years, I beg to differ, given the following scenario:
John Jones enters a poll and claims to be Joe Smith. No one in the poll is familiar with either Smith or Jones (not an uncommon occurrence where hundreds if not thousands of voters pass through in a single day) and thus Jones is allowed to cast a ballot after signing the registration book (which has a copy of Smith's signature in plain sight to aid Jones).
Without a photo ID, how is anyone supposed to know whether voter fraud has been committed? Even if Smith does show up later to vote, there is nothing anyone can really do to rectify the situation.
How can you investigate, let alone prosecute, a crime that goes completely undetected?
There is a light-year-wide gap between claiming there is little, if any, in-person voter fraud and the act actually taking place on a regular basis while eluding detection.
To me, it's not a question of whether to require a photo ID but, rather, why hasn't such been mandatory for years?
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