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PA Commonwealth secretary touts effort on voter ID law

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Sep 27, 2012 4:26 AM

voter registration identification requirement(State College) -- The head of the state agency in charge of elections is defending Pennsylvania's voter ID law, as a Commonwealth Court judge mulls its fate.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele touts what's become the state's slogan on the controversial law that requires Pennsylvania voters to show a photo identification card.

“In Pennsylvania we want you to show it, and we want you to vote, and we want your vote to count,” she says.

Later today, a hearing will resume in Commonwealth Court that very may well determine whether the voter ID law will be allowed to stand for the November sixth election.

But, Aichele says the basis of the law is to have voters present documentation that they are who they say they are when they vote.

"This goes back to the most fundamental notion in American politics. One person, one vote, one time,” she says.

Aichele notes nearly 12,000 new identification cards have been issued by the state, since the law passed last spring.

Speaking at Penn State, she praised the school's efforts to add expiration dates to student IDs -- a change that makes the cards a valid ID at the polls.

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