PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In the midst of continuing court hearings on the state’s controversial voter ID program, Governor Tom Corbett defended the new photo identification law that opponents say could keep thousands from voting on November 6th.
“As far as I’m concerned, people have had since March to get a form of ID that is acceptable, and we continue to make it easy – easier for people to get that form of ID,” he said.
The state’s latest and easiest method of getting a photo ID was just announced on Tuesday and Corbett questioned why anyone would lack proper ID on Election Day.
“People should have an ID, no matter what,” he said. “I can’t imagine not having ID. What happens if they’re hit in the road and they don’t have some form of ID with them? I think it’s important that people be able to be identified for a number of different reasons, but particularly when you go to vote.”
Of course, to get the state-required voter ID requires a trip to a PennDOT motor vehicle license center — non-existent in some counties and not always accessible by public transit to non-driving registered voters.
Still, Corbett thinks the controversy is stirring up more citizens to register and vote.
“What this is doing is getting people registered to vote,” he continued. “That is extremely important, and people should get out there to vote.”