Skip to main content

Early this year while promoting the passage of Pennsylvania Voter ID law, Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of State Carol Aichele insisted that only one percent of registered voters - over 80,000 citizens - would need to get a voter ID.

Released during the July 4th holiday, an analysis by the Department of State showed that 759,000 registered voters - 9.2 percent - lacked a PA driver's license or state ID.

At the end of July, University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto testified at the trial challenging the state's voter ID law that 1.2-1.5 million registered voters - 12.8 percent - in PA do not meet the law's requirements.

The Corbett "administration said that through Tuesday, it had issued only 9,478 of its [voter ID] cards." (

Looks like Mission Impossible to us, but we at VoteRiders are doing everything we can to support the citizens of PA and the local organizations that are helping them obtain their voter ID.  We encourage you to reach out and assist them as well as citizens in other states with their voter IDs!  Please sign up for the VoteRiders Pledge to Take a Friend to the DMV. You'll then receive more information on how to obtain a voter ID in the 31 states that currently require one.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  My family helped found the town I live in (5+ / 0-)

    My name is on 3 churches in the area.  We have been in this area since the mid 1700's.

    On election day, I will show up to vote.  

    I have changed my registration to Independant.  This is so the poll workers will have no prejudice towards democrat or republican.

    I will show up when the polls open.

    I will stand there, and I will ask to exercise my right to vote.

    I will not produce ID.

    I am 6'4"  300 lbs.  I will not move.

    I am the tallest man in my small town.

    I will wait until I am able to exercise my rights without showing identification as I have done in the past 3 elections.  

    If I am granted the right to vote, I will document this to show that I was able to skirt the law.

    If I am not granted the right to vote, I will occupy that space in line until 8pm when the polls close.

    95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

    by PRRedlin on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:10:47 AM PDT

  •  Just before the law goes back for review, there's (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    shanesnana, LilithGardener

    an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer by Jessica Parks showing some of the glaring gaps in implementing it. A study by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) notes many college students will NOT have ids:
    "The PennPIRG survey contacted 185 higher-education institutions about their voter-ID efforts, and 22 campuses did not respond or gave inconsistent responses. Fifteen campuses with total enrollment of more than 28,500 planned no ID changes.

    Students who cannot use their college ID, and don't have a state ID or passport, can go to PennDot to obtain a free nondriver license or a Department of State ID card.

    But students from out of state must relinquish their home-state driver's license to get a Pennsylvania ID card."
    And Penndot is still continuing to consider further changes in the rules.
    [Penndot spokesman Jan] "McKnight said PennDot was reviewing the college survey and deciding whether students could obtain a Department of State ID card without relinquishing their home-state ID. The new state ID cannot be used for any purpose other than voting in Pennsylvania.

    Angela Lee, a state advocate with PennPIRG, said the survey results were mixed.

    "The good news is that a vast majority of schools have taken action to provide students with valid IDs," Lee said. But, she added, many schools should be doing more to "alert their students to the need and availability of new IDs or stickers" instead of leaving the onus on students."
    Here's one example that the judge might want to consider on how difficult it is for people to get ids.

    "Shelby Rolla, a senior at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, said at a news conference Wednesday that she was "disheartened" that her school was not changing its IDs or taking any steps to educate students about the law. The school has about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and focuses primarily on agricultural and science-related programs.

    Rolla recently obtained a passport, but without that, she said, "I would have had to jump through hoops to obtain a valid ID, allocating time away from my hectic college schedule and relinquishing my Virginia driver's license."

    The PennDot center nearest to Delaware Valley College is eight miles away and would take at least two to three hours to reach by public transit, she said.

    Laurie Ward, the school's chief marketing officer, said the administration might work with students "to figure something out" if they felt disenfranchised. But so far, she said, "we haven't had any students requesting something they can use for voting."

    The college has no plans to change its card. "We use them for dining halls, for residence halls," Ward said. "We don't see our ID as a photo ID." "

    Btw, sorry about using quotes like this but for weeks the DailyKos site has been partially unfunctional. Can't do likes, post diaries, use quotes, etc. You'd think someone would fix it.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:18:29 AM PDT

  •  Hearing on Tuesday (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    about Voter ID law, to assess the issues that the PA Supreme Court ordered the lower court to address.

    There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

    by InsultComicDog on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:18:58 AM PDT

  •  Kudos to you, whatever the odds. n/t (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:29:02 AM PDT

  •  saw my first television ad... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    last night, by the PA Dept. of State, telling voters they will need ID.

    •  yeah, they've been playing those (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      awful ads, making it sound like you're doing a patriotic thing by getting an ID.

      There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

      by InsultComicDog on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:48:26 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Corbett was on TV (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gooners, a2nite

      in Philly (promoting fracking) and when the anchor said his 87 year old mother was worried about her friends, Corbett's reply, "they've had since March!".

      Yesterday was the first day that public service ads were run and probably the first some folks heard about the need for ID.

      Many people inhabit a closed belief system on whose door they have hung the "Do Not Disturb" sign. --Bill Moyers

      by shanesnana on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 12:54:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site