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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.


Senate Poised to Vote on H.B. 934 - Voter ID Bill

House Bill 934, the so-called Voter I.D. Bill is poised for a vote by the full Senate this week. This bill would require all voters to show a Pennsylvania or United States government-issued photo ID before they could cast a ballot.

Voter IdUnder the guise of preventing voter fraud, this bill would actually disenfranchise many elderly and minority voters. It would suppress the right to vote for many Pennsylvanians by essentially making it harder to vote for individuals who do not have a photo ID.

Many individuals do not have a photo ID because of the cost. Some elderly have stated that they do not have the proper documentation needed to obtain a photo ID.

This bill would cost the state millions of dollars and place a significant burden on Pennsylvania counties who manage local elections. If enacted, this bill will cost approximately $4.3 million in its first year for Voter ID cards, lost revenue to PennDOT, voter education, voter notification, equipment and staff.

About 4 percent of the 8.1 million registered voters in Pennsylvania do not have a photo ID.

With very little evidence of voter fraud, this bill is completely unnecessary. I urge you to contact your local legislator and the governor and voice your concerns related to this misguided legislation.

You can find out more specifics about the 2012-13 State Budget and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes


4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579