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State Rep Candidate Comments on Voting Bill

A release from Spring City councilman and State Representative Candidate Mike Hays about House Bill 934, which was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday.

The following release was submitted by Spring City Councilman and State Representative Candidate Mike Hays:

Gov. Corbett signed into law yesterday a bill that will make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to exercise one of their most basic rights - voting.

House Bill 934, known as the voter ID bill, will mandate that all Pennsylvanians present valid photo identification each and every time they cast a ballot in the state. Despite claims by supporters, there are very few instances of voter fraud in this state - or anywhere. Furthermore, the elderly and poor are less likely to possess photo identification. Voter advocates believe this law, supported by state Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-26th) in Wednesday's vote, will suppress turnout from those groups this fall.

Mike Hays, who is running against Hennessey in the 26th House District, said: "We should be focusing time and efforts in Harrisburg on solving the transportation crises, adequately funding our schools and colleges, and boosting job opportunities.

"Instead, Republicans in the state capital have once again shown they are excellent at abusing their power. This law is a cynical attempt to suppress turnout within the groups that are more likely to vote for President Obama and other Democrats this November."

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The 26th House District includes Spring City, East Vincent, North Coventry, East Coventry, Warwick, Coatesville, Valley, East Nantmeal, West Nantmeal, Honey Brook, Elverson, West Caln, and Wallace.

Local Yocal March 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
In this day and age.. who does not have a photo ID? Perhaps if they don't, they arent contributing enough to society anyway. ID everyone.
truthsayer March 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM
How can any rational thinking American believe showing identification at the polling place is a bad thing? We are all required to show identification on so many occasions, that this just makes good, reasonable sense. But Mr.Hayes and other politicians choose to make common sense a political issue. Why would anyone vote for a person that opposes common sense ideas? Mr. Hayes shows us, once again, that he is a politician, he is not an ordinary citizen like you and me. He wants to be part of the political elite, who will tell you what to think, as they live off your tax dollars. His sole platform is to bad mouth his political opponents with empty statements, and hope to ride a wave of contempt for republicans, to another political office, just as republicans rode the wave of contempt for democrats in 2010. Do you see how this game is played? This is how all politicians, republican and democrat, perform their "job", while you and I work to house them, feed them and cloth them. Politicians have become a drain on the American way of life, living off our tax dollars and producing little, if any, results. I wonder how much longer we, the true Americans, will tolerate this.
Dave Urner March 17, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I support HB 934. Election fraud has occurred in the Commonwealth and across the nation for several years. Arrests have been made, followed by guilty pleas and convictions. I read not long ago, in the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) the City Commissioners removed Joseph Cheeseboro and Joseph Cheeseborough from the voting lists as being fraudulent. Another Joseph Cheeseborough was listed at a third address and has two bench warrants against him. Protecting the integrity of an individual vote is the purpose of any election reform, including Voter ID. One person - one vote. It has been said that a voter ID requirement will impact the eldrly, the poor and the racial minorities disproportionately. This argument can only be insulting to many of the people characterized by it. There is no reason to believe that a person who happens to fall in any particular demographic.....isn't capable of taking the steps to get an ID if need be. Holding them to lower expectations is offensive. I also read that according to PennDOT, some nine and a half million adults have a PennDOT issued ID or 99 percent of the citizen population of Pennsylvania. Dave Urner
Dave Urner March 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
...........excuse me. An addendum to my previous comment. Showing a photo ID will help ensure that registered "dead people" DON'T VOTE and that people with fake ID's for registered voters CAN'T VOTE.
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