Bernie O’Neill tells Chris Brennan that his voting story does not show what Daryl Metcalfe wants it to show:
“I ended up being able to vote,” O’Neill said, explaining that election workers called Bucks County officials to clear up the confusion. “Somehow, they figured out it was human error.”
O’Neill said that Metcalfe, who represents a district north of Pittsburgh, “shouldn’t be hanging his hat on me” to defend voter ID.
In fact, O’Neill said, he voted with some apprehension for the voter-ID bill on the day he spoke from the floor. He wanted it to grow into more-comprehensive legislation that also looked at voter registration and absentee ballots. O’Neill said the legislation should start in 2013 to avoid the perception that it was designed to influence the 2012 presidential election. And he thought it should be less restrictive on what types of identification could be used.
O’Neill said that he had been reluctant to speak about the issue on the floor, but that GOP colleagues “kept hammering on me” after he told them about his trouble voting in one election. He plans to correct the record when the House reconvenes.