What do you think of new Pa. voter-ID law?

   March 15, 2012 7:09 am    8


President Barack Obama’s campaign in Pennsylvania was among the many groups to react to passage of the photo voter ID bill, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Here is the text of a statement released by Obama’s Pennsylvania Press Secretary Jennifer Austin:

“It is unfortunate that lawmakers in Harrisburg have wasted time and energy to pass a costly bill to address a nonexistent problem, rather than focus on creating jobs and restoring economic security for Pennsylvania families.

“The Obama campaign is committed to working hard to register voters and educate people about the process to ensure that all eligible voters can get to the polls and exercise their right to vote in support of the president in November.”

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party also came out against the law.

On the other side of the issue, Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman, applauded the governor for signing the bill.

Gleason said that Corbett “took a critical step in protecting one of our most basic rights. We thank Gov. Corbett and members of the General Assembly for fighting for the integrity of our elections and defending the constitutional principle of one person, one vote.

The law will take effect with the Nov. 6 election, but the case is expected to be challenged in the courts.

What do you think of the new law?

— John Guerriero



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8 Responses to “What do you think of new Pa. voter-ID law?”

  1. Dale Hannah says:

    I believe this is a law which should be implemented on a nationwide basis.. Trying to portray this as a racist, partisan tactic is ridiculous at best. Legal voters have nothing to fear. It will take half an hour at worst to obtain an ID. I am sure that special arrangements will be made to help the disadvantaged and otherwise special cases comply with this law. Only those who have reason to oppose the law are those who stand to gain from unlawful voting.

  2. Troy says:

    This is absolutely necessary. With organizations like ACORN (already convicted of voter fraud) and their offshoots, this needs to be implemented. Look at the fraud going on in the Wisconsin governor recall. This has nothing to do with race, minorities, or the poor. It is about honest elections. But the left and democrats will continue to play the race card every chance they get. I agree with Dale, it should be done nationwide. You need a proper ID to buy liquor, purchase a firearm, travel by airplane, but not to vote? That’s crazy. Great law.

  3. Brian Lindquist says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the new law! I have always thought that it was odd that we don’t have to provide any proof of who we are when exercising our privelege of voting. I get carded to go into Sam’s Club, sign for credit card purchases, buy alcohol or tobacco but not to vote? This is a step in the right direction of ensuring the integrity of our electoral process and every state should adopt similar measures. If President Obama and his supporters really feel that there is no problem with the current system then why are they so worried about the implementation of this law?

  4. Mike Kerner says:

    You need an ID to cash a check, buy cigarettes and alcohol, and sometimes when you use a credit card. It only makes sense that if you enjoy the right to all of this in America that you should prove who you are at the polls where we again celebrate our democracy.

  5. Legal Immigrant of Color says:

    I fully support this law, and wish this to be implemented nationwide. This has nothing to do with race, age, color, etc. It’s simply a measure of assuring political rights to be exercised by the eligible. Loopholes do exist, by chance or by design. I was once called to serve jury duty although I am not a citizen. This law will help guard democracy, and this country’s democracy needs to be guarded. I don’t understand those who want to challenge this law, or the involvement of race. What is there to be afraid if you are a legal voter?

  6. Vince Dunsworth says:

    There is no logical argument against requiring ID to vote, and using the race card demonstrates that there is no better argument avaliable. Racist to have an ID?? On what planet?

    Is it correct that the state is offering a free ID card to those who don’t already have one? Well, that takes that excuse away nicely now doesn’t it…

    Sorry Dems, I usually agree with you but on this non-issue, you got it wrong. Now please get on the right side of the E-Verify bill!

  7. Jason says:

    If i had to choose between voter ID tags and creating jobs, I’d choose to create jobs.

  8. Ron Levey says:

    As a former election worker in the city I have encounter widespread irregarites & politicing a it’s about time to reduce several people voting mulible times.

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