PA Voter ID discharge petition stalls in committee, R’s blame “Draconian” partisan law

21 May 2024-Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said Tuesday that with the addition of Rep. Jeff Olsommer (R-Wayne/Pike), the voter ID constitutional amendment discharge petition now has 101 signatures, equating to half of the entire Pennsylvania House of Representatives able to vote.

However, with new partisan House operating rules requiring 25 members from each caucus sign the discharge petition, the proposal will remain bottled up in committee despite the bipartisan support of 101 members within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and 73% of Pennsylvanians.

“Given the broad support within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the constitutional voter ID proposal, House Democrats should stop playing political games and immediately get this bill out of committee so we can advance it to the Pennsylvania Senate,” Cutler said. “The fact that half of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has signed on to get this proposal out of committee, but partisan rules keep it from the House floor is the opposite of the new day we were promised under the Democrat majority.”

Cutler noted that time remains of the essence to get the proposal voted on by both chambers so it can be put before voters this November.

“We do not have time to play these hyper-partisan games with meaningful, bipartisan proposals that will advance a widely supported fix to an ongoing election integrity issue,” Cutler added. “We have the opportunity before us to get this important proposal to the voters in what is expected to be a high-turnout election. Democrats should stop delaying with partisan games and immediately bring this up for a vote in the House so we can get it in front of the voters.”