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Report: In a shift, Wolf says he’d support ‘reasonable’ voter ID requirements

By: - July 20, 2021 4:51 pm

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In what appears to be a seismic shift in policy, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has said he would be supportive of legislation containing “reasonable” voter ID requirements, including requiring ID for mail voting, from the General Assembly. 

The revelation was part of an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer published Tuesday, in which Wolf said he had previously drawn a line in the sand on bills containing voter ID language. 

“I’m sure out there is a reasonable voter ID solution to say … you need to show that you should be voting here,’” Wolf told the Inquirer. “And I’m fine with that. The formula in [the Republican bill], in my mind, was not it.”

The “Republican bill” referenced by Wolf in the interview was HB 1300, sponsored by state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, which made sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws and procedures, including the addition of voter identification requirements. 

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Wolf vetoed the 150-page bill put forth by Republican members of the General Assembly in June, saying in his veto message that “it would threaten to disrupt election administration, undermine faith in government, and invite costly, time-consuming, and destabilizing litigation.”

Pennsylvania law currently requires that voters show identification when voting for the first time at a new polling place.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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