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Letter to the Editor: ID Requirement a Way to Exclude Voters

Reader states no rampant voter fraud in PA; wonders what measures may come next

The so-called “Voter ID” bill that was approved by the Pennsylvania's House of Representatives requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls is extreme, brazen and only serves to discourage residents from voting.

The ID requirements that will be in effect for the November General Election will burden many voters, especially the elderly, minorities, people with disabilities and those living in urban areas who do not need a driver’s license, who do not typically have the specified types of identification.

And what is the cost burden of this unnecessary legislation? The Department of Transportation would be required, within the guidelines specified in the law, to issue free identification cards to those who apply and swear they had no other acceptable proof of identity for voting. Funding will be needed by PennDOT for the provision of these no cost documents. It has been proposed by an incumbent legislator who voted for the bill that costs to implement the law, not currently an allocated item in the austere state budget will “appear” in the General Fund and that Pennsylvania will provide free photo identification documents using vans traveling around the state to do so.

It is curious that the members of the majority party who voted for approval of this legislation will take into consideration funding the law that leans toward exclusion, with funds that have been collected to provide programs and policies for the Commonwealth in total.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has never had a history of rampant voter fraud, which prompts the question, “Why at this particular time was this legislation drafted, steered through committee, debated and voted upon with such urgency?”

The outcome of these unnecessary voter requirements is that the majority party has successfully implemented a strategy for voter suppression and exclusion, just in time for the General Election in order to attempt to thwart the re-election campaign of President Obama.

And what is coming next? Will there be more legislation proposed in the future for even more restrictive voter requirements focusing on impossible- to-answer questions for access to the polls, a pre-paid “voting tax,” or perhaps the requirement to have “one’s papers in one’s possession at all times” to establish citizenship status and to cast a vote? Where will this all end?

Andrea L. Baptiste
Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Karl March 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The link is http://townhall.com/tipsheet/elisabethmeinecke/2012/03/12/outbreak_of_potential_voter_fraud_lights_up_rep_sheila_jackson_lees_district
Steven Kurcik March 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
As long as the black panthers can stand outside a voting location in the city of brotherly love and intimidate voters on election day, I don't want to hear about any hard ships or anyone being inconveinced when it comes to voting. Our wonderful attorney (fraud) general did nothing about this situation. I was in Philadelphia on election day in 2008, and workers at home depot were campaigning for who they supported for president, this was a disgrace and they were STEALING from their employer. People have ways of getting what, and where they need to go if it is important to them, and they have enough notice. If they cannot put forth the effort needed, then maybe they should not vote anyway. I do not trust the legalized union monopolies that run Philadelphia and the party that they support financially, when it comes to elections and voting.
A.S. April 06, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I've been showing ID to vote since I was 18 years old in Skippack and in Royersford. Lets stop with it hinders the poor...99.9% have some form of identification. You all can thank ACORN for vote ID measure.
A.S. April 06, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Her stale storm front comments are nothing more than a repeat from the Huffington Post and other far left liberal websites. A shame she can't think for herself.
Hal Dudash April 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I don't think you can have proper and fair voting without an ID. As you see, the DOT is a lot more demanding on getting the initial licence. There are non-driving ID that are issued byt he DOT - they need to be free and they need extensive initial documentation.

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