Secretary of Commonwealth Comments on Philadelphia Voting Irregularities Report

Jul 18, 2012, 17:59 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele issued the following statement on the Philadelphia Voting Irregularities Report which was released earlier today:

"As the state's chief election official, I commend Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt on his efforts to investigate alleged election crimes in Philadelphia.  His report is a chilling reminder of the many ways in which election fraud has been committed in our state. The commissioner deserves much credit for tackling this tough issue, and it is my hope that Philadelphia continues to be vigilant.

"Reading this report, it is clear that some of the alleged crimes would have been prevented if Pennsylvania's voter ID law had been in place in previous elections.  The simple act of voters showing a photo ID before they vote will help detect and deter voter fraud. Our voter ID law will help restore people's faith in our elections.''

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State