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Pennsylvania's readiness to implement voter ID law questioned

by Clara Ritger, Inquirer Staff Writer, -- Jul 28, 2012

Concerns were raised Friday in Commonwealth Court that voters, poll workers, and state Department of Transportation employees remain in the dark about Pennsylvania's new voter ID law.

Witnesses at the hearing Friday said they had issues with the accessibility of PennDot centers. Approximately half of the counties in Pennsylvania either do not have PennDot photo and licensing centers or such centers are open only one or two days each week, according to evidence provided by the plaintiffs.

Concern over whether PennDot employees are adequately prepared to help voters obtain the new ID has been expressed by Secretary of State Carol Aichele, who is responsible for running elections.

Witnesses on the plaintiffs' list have stated in depositions that PennDot charged them for the cost of the new ID, though the IDs are supposed to be free.

And that's assuming you can even get to a PennDot center on one of the few day's they are opened to "assist you" ...

link to video -- on YouTube; link to video -- on ThinkProgress.

This 93-Year-Old Grandmother Is Suing Pennsylvania Over Voter ID Laws

by Annie-Rose Strasser, -- May 7, 2012

The first time Viviette Applewhite went to the polls, she cast her vote for John F. Kennedy. But this year, a strict new voter identification law will likely prevent the now-93-year old woman and many others in Pennsylvania from participating in their country’s democratic process. And Applewhite won’t stand for it.

Good for her -- we need about 100 more just like her.

Real Americans who just won't stand for it anymore ... the rightwing Rollback Agenda.

Here's what ALL Pennsylvanians need to know, regarding whether or NOT they are still eligible to vote this year:

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Voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day.  All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise.  Acceptable IDs include:
   * Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    * PA Driver’s License or Non-driver’s License photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)

    * Valid U.S. passport

    * U.S. military ID -- active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date

    * Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, PA County or PA Municipal government

    * Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges

    * Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes

If you do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID visit  PennDOT's Voter ID Website or call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (868-3772).

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There's more info here about your ever shrinking rights as a US citizen, thanks to ALEC and their GOP members:

Are you ready to Vote -- legally speaking?
by jamess -- Jul 15, 2012

GOP Senator: "Voter ID is gonna allow Governor Romney to win"
by jamess -- Jul 14, 2012

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law:  Election Official Says He Won't Enforce Controversial Rules

by Gene Demby, -- 07/27/2012

An election official in Pennsylvania has said that he will not enforce the state's voter I.D. law.

Christopher Broach, a Democrat from Colwyn, Penn. told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he would continue to honor the state's old voting rules.

"I am taking the stand against the new Republican voter law and hoping that anyone nationally whom has been elected to an office with the title of judge will do just that," Broach said.

An expert who testified Thursday in the case said that up to one million people could be prevented from voting in the state. The Philadelphia City Paper said that nearly 43 percent of voters in the city may not have valid voter I.D. under the new law.

Last month, Mike Turzai, the state's Republican majority leader, said the voter ID law would help Mitt Romney win the state.

Republicans Hit Justice Department On Voter ID

by Henry C. Jackson, -- 07/26/12

Another Republican, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, echoed Franks' concerns, saying the decision to contest the Texas and South Carolina laws shows insensitivity by the Justice Department to voter fraud.

"There are a lot of individuals out there who are happy to break the law, who don't even understand it breaks the law," King said of voter fraud. "...We're seeing voter fraud that's pretty prevalent out there."

Election administrators and academics who monitor the issue said in-person fraud is rare because someone would have to impersonate a registered voter and risk arrest. A 2008 Supreme Court case drew detailed briefs from the federal government, 10 states and other groups that identified only nine potential impersonation cases over the span of several years, according to a tally by the Brennan Center at New York University.

As I said,  we need more 'Volunteers for America' ...

Real Americans who just won't stand for it anymore ... their rightwing Rollback Agenda ... of our cherished rights and privileges.

Privileges, hard-won over the course of many, many generations.

As the struggle of ordinary Americans to achieve own individual dreams, continues ... even to this day.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:01:23 AM PDT

  •  At the risk of showing my age ... (6+ / 0-)

    Jefferson Airplane -- Volunteers

    [Warning some graphic images.]

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:07:46 AM PDT

    •  that is just plain surrealistic. (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, Gowrie Gal

      if you catch my drift...

      The Republican Party is behaving collectively like an animal that can see its own extinction..

      I actually think it started with Buchanan a few years back when he pointed to demographic changes swamping his precious white supremacy.

      When one gets desperate enough one dispenses with the niceties of appearance. Can they successfully prevent the future which projects their demise as rulers from
      unfolding? Not any more than one can stop the tides.. Jindal tried that with his berms during the BP disaster..

      The GOP may delay the inevitable.. but that is all.

      and they know it too - which is why they are in there looting the treasury and everything else they can get their hands on.. it is as if Atilla sounded the warning bell that in one hour the hoard needs to leave the village so get what you can while you can.

      Let us hope their is some semblance of a village left once they are gone.

      now.. I need a pillow to lay my head on.. very surrealistic indeed.

  •  Cherry's Law (5+ / 0-)

    Whatever the Republicans accuse you of doing, they are themselves already doing to the maximum.

    That party chairman whose girlfriend voted five times after she died is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Go DOJ!  You are on to a rich vein of ore.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:31:13 AM PDT

  •  I can't help (0+ / 0-)

    feeling that this Voter ID law is somewhat connected to feeding the government database for the face recognition software.   Between this, our unnecessarily high resolution driver's license photos, and all the self photo tagging from Fecebook (instagram), they pretty much cover most of what is needed for identifying almost everyone is a crowd of protestors.

    Government officials don't seem to be complaining enough and the huge groups of intercity people that don't drive will be captured in the process.

  •  that Governor is really bad. (1+ / 0-)
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    How on earth did Pennsylvania put him in office..

    I have seen two clips of him -

     - telling women to "close their eyes"
     - trying to explain how easy it is to comply with the new voters ID law..

    He is just dreadful.

    The whole voters ID /suppression thing is however a good issue for the Republicans. Even f they lose these battles in court, I am not sure the average American who holds a driver's license understands. I had a rather disappointing conversation with my 27 year-old son.. he simply believes that everyone should be able to provide a photo-ID in order to vote, and he wont buy that the reason  this is not law is that in order to make it so, you suppress the vote of certain groups of people who are inclined to vote a certain way..

    It is not that he doesn't think the GOP is trying this to gain political advantage.. it is just that he thinks a photo-id is fair to require in order to vote.

    I fear there are many who share his opinion. While it may be adequate to rely on the courts to prevent this, the Democratic party has really fought a poor counter-public relations battle on this. For years all one hears are GOP blabbing about voter fraud on the air. I for one think a huge public relations campaign beyond a GOTV/registration drive is needed..

     this approach of most focus being in reaction to underhanded GOP tactics after-the-fact has got to end - that practice has lead to most Democratic victories of late being limited to preventing further damage by a new GOP initiative as opposed to actually making real progress.

    For now, the best we can hope for is the court system doing its job Pennsylvania, this should be an open-and-shut case.  What a tool that Governor is.

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