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Boback Supports Expansion of Pennsylvania’s Current Voter Identification Requirements
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) today voted in favor of House Bill 934, which would expand Pennsylvania’s requirement to show identification at the polls from first-time voters to all electors. She released the following statement regarding her support of the measure:

“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘I could think of no worse example for nations abroad, who for the first time were trying to put free electoral procedures into effect, than that of the United States wrangling over the result of our presidential election, and even suggesting that the presidency itself could be stolen by thievery at the ballot box.’ Who can argue with one of America’s founding fathers and most profound intellectuals? We are the leading democracy in the world and an example to every other country. We must ensure that our elections are fair and that there is no way for individuals to tamper with ballot returns. This legislation will protect the important principle of one person, one vote – a central standard in our representative democracy.

“My father and five of my uncles fought in World War II in the name of democracy, including the important tenet of free and open elections. It is unfortunate that there are individuals and groups who systematically and deliberately defraud our citizens by committing voter fraud. It is our duty to protect the integrity of our elections, and this legislation will be an effective tool in preventing voter fraud.

“There are many instances in our modern society during which an individual must furnish a photo ID, so it is absurd to argue this legislation will disenfranchise anyone. The authors of the legislation have gone to great lengths to ensure that anyone who wants to vote will be able to participate in elections. The legislation even includes a measure requiring PennDOT to provide free IDs. It also includes the use of identification beyond what the state issues, to include college IDs, military identification and credentials issued by long-term care facilities.

“Voting is simply too important to allow fraudulent practices to occur. A person who commits voter fraud is stealing from the people. If the government does nothing to prevent voter fraud, then it is in effect sanctioning it. This legislation will actually strengthen our democracy.”

More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at and

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
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