- Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) has reintroduced House Bill 1579
, legislation to apply voter ID requirements to each and every election, including photo and non-photo options as acceptable forms of ID.
“Due to allegations of fraud that may have taken place during the 2020 election, which has millions of Pennsylvanians questioning the security of their vote, I am proud to reintroduce this legislation to protect election integrity here in the Commonwealth,” said Wheeland. “Voter ID is crucial to ensuring the legal votes of law-abiding citizens are not canceled out by fraudulent activity. There are very few things you can do in life without an ID. The same standard should apply to the most important civic responsibility we have as American citizens.”
Under the bill, the forms of ID that would be acceptable are the same as the options that are currently available to first-time voters in Pennsylvania. They include the following forms of photo and non-photo ID:
• Driver’s license or PennDOT non-driver ID card.
• Photo or non-photo ID card issued by other state agency.
• Photo or non-photo ID card issued by the U.S. government.
• Student ID with photo.
• Employee ID with photo.
• Armed Forces of the U.S. ID card.
• Firearm permit.
• Current utility bill.
• Current bank statement.
• Government check.
If a voter is unable to present a valid photo ID, he or she would be required to present two forms of non-photo ID from among those listed above.
In the wake of the 2000 presidential election, the Commission on Federal Election Reform recommended in 2005 that states implement a voter identification requirement. States that have voter ID requirements include Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
View a list of election fraud cases in Pennsylvania here
View a crowdsourced database of election fraud and irregularities that occurred in the 2020 election here at hereistheevidence.com
Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Alison Haas