Published On: Fri, Jun 25th, 2021

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment to Require Voter ID for All Ballots

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The Pennsylvania Senate on June 23 passed a bill that would amend the state constitution to require that voters present identification each time they cast a ballot. The measure, SB735, passed in a 30–20 vote, mostly along partisan lines. The proposal was backed by all Republicans and a single Democrat. Currently, state voters are only required to present identification the first time they vote at a polling station. The measure would require some form of verification every time a ballot is cast, including when voting by mail. It also proposes amending the voting age in the Pennsylvania Constitution from 21 to 18, making it consistent with the U.S. Constitution. If both houses of the legislature approve a proposed amendment, or if it is adopted by a state constitutional convention, the measure is put on the ballot in a general election. If a majority of voters then approve, the state constitution …

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