Legislation would suppress voter participation at a $1 million cost to taxpayers

PHILADELPHIA, March 5, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he will vote against the Republican bill requiring voters to show identification at the polls.  HB 934, which is likely to be acted on by the entire Pennsylvania Senate this week, would not just discourage voter participation, but it could cost taxpayers about $1 million.

“When Governor Corbett gave his budget address he said that Pennsylvania still needs to make drastic cuts to everything from education to social services because of the weak economy.  But the Republicans found $1 million to require voters to show identification at the polls,” said Sen. Farnese.  “What are their priorities?  Are they using this legislation to keep the disabled, minorities and young voters away from the primary that is just seven weeks away?  This legislation is expensive and, quite simply put, a solution in search of a problem that does not exist, so I’m voting no.”

Organizations and advocacy groups including the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference have also expressed their displeasure with voter identification legislation because it will discourage voter participation.

Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.




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