The following release was submitted by Spring City Councilman and State Representative Candidate Mike Hays:
Gov. Corbett signed into law yesterday a bill that will make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to exercise one of their most basic rights - voting.
House Bill 934, known as the voter ID bill, will mandate that all Pennsylvanians present valid photo identification each and every time they cast a ballot in the state. Despite claims by supporters, there are very few instances of voter fraud in this state - or anywhere. Furthermore, the elderly and poor are less likely to possess photo identification. Voter advocates believe this law, supported by state Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-26th) in Wednesday's vote, will suppress turnout from those groups this fall.
Mike Hays, who is running against Hennessey in the 26th House District, said: "We should be focusing time and efforts in Harrisburg on solving the transportation crises, adequately funding our schools and colleges, and boosting job opportunities.
"Instead, Republicans in the state capital have once again shown they are excellent at abusing their power. This law is a cynical attempt to suppress turnout within the groups that are more likely to vote for President Obama and other Democrats this November."
The 26th House District includes Spring City, East Vincent, North Coventry, East Coventry, Warwick, Coatesville, Valley, East Nantmeal, West Nantmeal, Honey Brook, Elverson, West Caln, and Wallace.