– The House voted down Senate Bill 224
, which included a late-night amendment to drastically amend the Election Code. In response, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
“As Pennsylvanians were fast asleep at about midnight last night, House Democrats moved in the House Appropriations Committee to bring major changes to how elections are run in the Commonwealth.
“Less than 12 hours later, their bill failed in the full House, averting chaos at the polls for now. While the bill did include a form of voter identification requirement, it was bogged down with measures that would strain local election offices and sow confusion for voters.
“The move by House Democrat leadership to push this vote less than 12 hours after it was amended and that it failed overwhelming shows this was never about meaningful change to Pennsylvania’s elections, but rather a disingenuous attempt to force Republicans to vote against voter ID.
“The trap backfired, fortunately for Pennsylvania voters. Now is not the time for politically driven gotcha moments. A single seat separates the majority party from the minority party. It is time to stop the political posturing and work together for all Pennsylvanians to ensure the integrity of our elections.”
A recording of Ecker’s comments from the House Appropriations Committee can be found here
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