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Smith Statement on the Pennsylvania Voter ID Ruling

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Washington, Oct 3, 2012 | Ben Halle (202-225-8901) | comments

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement on the Pennsylvania court ruling on Voter ID law:

“I support the recent Pennsylvania court ruling to postpone the implementation of a state law requiring strict voter identification to participate in November’s election.

"Voter ID laws in many states have the potential to disproportionately disenfranchise American seniors, youth, and minority communities.  I am a proud cosponsor of the America Votes Act of 2012, introduced by my colleague Congressman Rick Larsen, that would protect American citizens’ right to vote by allowing individuals to present a signed affidavit confirming their identity, in place of photo identification. 

"Congress must uphold the constitutional freedom for all citizens to vote in our elections.  I will continue to work at both the federal and local levels to ensure our states have the resources necessary to ensure access to this fundamental right. “

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