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Poll: Springfield Reacts to Voter ID Decision

Will this decision stick? Both sides had said they would appeal this ruling.

A Commonwealth Court decided against blocking the Voter ID Law Wednesday, which affirms Gov. Corbett's measure that intended to prevent voter fraud.

Judge Robert Simpson rejected civil rights groups' request for an injunction to delay the new voter identification law from going into effect.

The challenge to the law was brought by voter advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.

The NAACP vowed to appeal the ruling. National president Benjamin Todd Jealous issued a statement saying, ""This law, like other state laws enacted across the U.S., has the potential to suppress thousands of votes in the Commonwealth during this election. The NAACP, in conjunction with its state conferences, will continue to combat these efforts on the ground and mobilize voters. We will have to fight for our right to vote again."

State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement saying, in part, "I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court recognized this law for what it is – common sense reform to ensure that every voter and every vote is protected."

Pennsylvania passed the law in March requiring all registered voters to show a valid and “acceptable” photo ID before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation.

Opponents of the law say it disproportionately targets the elderly as well as the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democrat. Furthermore, critics say that the burden of obtaining an acceptable ID for these people would keep them from voting.

Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Andrew Reilly told the Delaware County Daily Times that he didn't believe the ruling would have any affect on voter turn-out rate and the goal is to prevent potential voter fraud.

Reilly told the Times that the fee for the photo identification has been waived and residents will have the opportunity to vote provisionally on Election Day and produce an ID later if need be, according to the Delaware County Daily Times.

Delaware County Democratic Party Chairman David Landau told the Delco Times that the ruling interferes with the right to vote and there has been no case made for voter fraud to support the GOP claims.

Thirty states have some sort of Voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, of those, 19 do not require a photo, six require a photo and five, including Pennsylvania, have strict photo requirements.

Chris Sullivan August 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Ah yes, a fix to a problem that doesn't exist... since PA has never prosecuted one instance of voter fraud. The PA Budget and Policy Center estimated the legislation would cost tax payers $11 million. Non-driver's license IDs need to be supplied free of charge now (otherwise it's officially a poll tax). So, we waste $11 million in a recession to do what? Fight <s>rampant</s> non-existent voter fraud? What was state rep Mike Turzai's quote again? Ah yes: "Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the State of Pennsylvania: Done."
Dave Russell August 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM
People believe that since "Everybody in Springfield has a driver's license" that Voter ID is not an issue. However, the numbers don't support this. Approximately 10% of the folks in my voting precinct are on either the "no match" or "expired" lists. And these same entries will be marked as "targets" in the election book. So folks will be required to "defend" their right to vote when in many cases entry errors made by PennDOT or the election bureau are responsible for the discrepancy. I encourage anyone who thinks they might be on the list to contact their precinct committee person for assistance. If you don't know who that is, Republicans can contact their commissioner, Democrats can contact me.
kelly barnes August 31, 2012 at 02:30 PM
i am sorry but everybody should have an id there is no reason not to have one.not just for voing but in case something should happen to you they can identify you.pls you need it when you go to the bank. it's just another democrat excuse just like obama he like making excuses for everything and never takes the blame.it's always someone else's fault. and Romney will win because he's the better choice.
Ego_Death August 31, 2012 at 02:38 PM
So a 90 year old women in a nursing home who doesn't drive, doesn't go to the bank, has her license expired really needs an ID? I guess they do now to exercise their right to vote. The state republicans should pay for her to do this, and the expense of her driver to take her to get an ID as it is their law. Still not sure how a women can support the GOP party line just based on their womens health stance.
Dave Russell September 02, 2012 at 05:36 PM
When my mother died, her only photo id was an an expired drivers license. I would have had to drive her to the drivers license center to get a non-driving photo id in order for her to vote. And that would only have worked if she was in the database. That only goes back so far. Older folks have the additional problem of not having original birth certificates. At the bank, she had a drivers license when the account was opened. And they knew her. So there was never a problem. At my polling place, the folks who work there know all of the regular voters. But even folks that we know are on the target list. My mother was a faithful voter at her senior residence. So I'm guessing the folks working there knew her as well. What bothers me is that the voter ID efforts across the nation are a thinly disguised effort to bias the result in favor of Republican candidates. Their insistence that it's intended to prevent fraud is not supported by facts.

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