Wozniak Calls Voter ID Bill ‘Financially Irresponsible’

House Bill 934, with cost estimates of $4.5 million to $11 million in its first year, cleared the Senate on a party-line vote and is now headed to Gov. Tom Corbett, who is expected to sign it.

“This is a waste of money we don’t have on a program we don’t need,” Wozniak said. “It’s fiscally irresponsible to spend millions creating roadblocks for thousands of Pennsylvanians who are already angry about this administration’s upside-down priorities.”

Wozniak noted that advocates for good government, seniors, the disabled, and minorities, along with dozens of newspaper editorial boards and academics have criticized the bill as unnecessary and perhaps illegal.

“This bill has no support outside the smoke-filled back rooms of the Republican party,” Wozniak said.

More than 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors will be forced to fill out identification papers along with thousands of disabled citizens who don’t drive, according to the League of Women voters.  While Pennsylvanians have cast tens of millions of votes since 2008, only four prosecutions for voter fraud have been brought.

At a contentious meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee this week (watch video), Wozniak said: “Folks, this is a solution looking for a problem.  I can’t believe the Pennsylvania Senate is even bringing it up.”