Voter ID Legislation Could Come Up Next Week

In 1965, with the help and oversight of Martin Luther King, Jr., congress passed, and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act. It was put into place to stop states from imposing “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure…to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”

And now there’s a series of bills all over the country—including Pennsylvania—that would require ID at voting booths, which many say hurts the legacy of the VRA and King. They say it unfairly targets poor and minority voters who, more often than others, don’t have photo ID. There have been almost no instances of voter fraud in Pennsylvania.

Former President Bill Clinton has publicly criticized these bills. “Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?” Clinton asked during a speech last summer. “Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That’s why.”

Newly-elected Philadelphia Democratic City Commissioner Stephanie Singer has called the rationale behind the bill “hogwash.” But Gov. Tom Corbett quietly supports this legislation.

Pennsylvania House Bill 934, as we’ve discussed before, “would deprive voters of the right to cast a ballot if they do not show a valid state-issued photo ID card, with only a few limited exceptions,” according to an email today from Equality PA. It needs to pass by February in order to be in place during the 2012 elections.

Equality PA is urging supporters to fight this bill through phone calls to the Capitol, tomorrow, noting the legislation will also poorly affect the transgender community and non-drivers. “Supporters of the bill have been unable to show any evidence of voter identity fraud in Pennsylvania, because safeguards against fraudulent voting are already in place in our state.  Worse yet, the legislation will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers millions to implement.  Long lines at polling places are likely to form, leading other voters to simply give up and go home.”

3 Responses to “ Voter ID Legislation Could Come Up Next Week ”

  1. Dave Francis says:

    Be very aware that illegal aliens do vote and will in gubernatorial, county and municipal races. This has been proved beyond a shadow of doubt, as ACORN and other fraudulent canvassing groups will be looking for signatures. These entities were prosecuted in eleven states and although they were dismantled, they have risen to the surface under an assumed name in other states. One thing’s for sure that without unbiased referees overlooking current and future elections, there will be forged absentee ballots and even irregularities within the confines of the voting precincts. Also I have investigated the major instigators, that are in summary been the Liberals and Democrats.

    Those supervisors with the party affiliation have intentionally assisted in passing non-citizens as verified voters. Although voter fraud has been around for generations, all aspects of it have been ignored by the federal government as limited. However, large numbers of none citizens can have negative repercussions in close races. This will be adamantly opposed by the usual suspects, namely the open border zealots. These radical groups as La Raza, can an advantage and overturn honest elections The Tea Party leadership and members should be vigilant of irregular voting tactics as illegal aliens are a very large majority in Arizona and will commit perjury to claim a Democratic win.

    Join the TEA PARTY and fight back, before there is no way back? The TEA PARTY does not discriminate any nationality, if you arrived in this nation by—LEGAL MEANS? We can all stand with our fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW at 202-224-3121 which is the Capitol Switchboard.

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