Pa. lawmakers to debate voter ID on national TV

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Two Pennsylvania lawmakers will appear on national TV Sunday afternoon to debate the state's controversial voter ID law.

The law, that requires all voters to show a photo ID at the polls in November, is opposed by Democratic State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Delaware and Montgomery Counties) and supported by Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County). They will publicly debate the issue on Fox News at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Turzai, who sponsored the voter ID law, came under fire in June for telling a Republican gathering in Hershey, “A voter ID law to help Governor Romney win Pennsylvania – done.”

Leach is an outspoken opponent of the law, which passed the state legislature in March. He says the law disenfranchises voters.

 The law has been challenged in Pennsylvania's highest court by individuals and groups that say the law disenfranchises minorities and the elderly who they say have difficulty obtaining a valid photo ID.

Just last week, the Supreme Court said they would put a stop to the law if a lower court determined it is too difficult to obtain an ID.

 

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