HARRISBURG - The state House began debate Monday on a divisive bill that would require Pennsylvania voters to show photo identification every time they cast a ballot.
The bill - one of many similar measures being advanced in GOP-controlled legislatures nationwide - could receive a final vote this week.
Sponsor Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) said the bill was needed to ensure tougher voter controls and protect the integrity of Pennsylvania's elections.
"Every illegally counted ballot cancels out the vote of a legitimate voter," Metcalfe said. "Photo IDs currently are needed to board a plane, enter federal buildings, and cash a check. Voting is equally important."