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Poll: Easton Reacts to Pa. Voter ID Law Ruling

Tell us what you think of the court ruling on Pennsylvania's Voter ID law

Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday morning not to stop Pennsylvania's controversial new from going into effect.

will not grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID.

Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms,according to the Associated Press.

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

Pennsylvania passed a law in March requiring all registered voters to show a 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.They add that preventing is not a serious concern.

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.

Amend August 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
@bill- please site an instance in Pennsylvania where someone has been arrested for not carrying an ID. Is that something you support? cuz that seems extreme, intrusive and unjust. As for banking regulations, those exist as reactions to issue that have occurred. They were just created for the sake of being created. Beyond the base protections the law provides citizens; thou shall not murder, rape, steal, ect. That's how laws should be created, as reactions. And creating laws should require thourough vetting. They shouldn't be made willy nilly because someone suspects something like voter fraud is occurring. This legislation has yet to prove that there is a need for such a reaction.
Pati August 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
KUDOs to you!!! It is refreshing to see a comment with a solution and not just a complaint. I agree that Church and civic groups should start mobilizing now to help those in need of identification so that ALL may vote that have the right and that NONE may cheat. I'm amazed that we are just getting around to requiring identification at the polls. I often thought how easy it would be for anyone to say they were me and vote in my stead. I'm more than glad for the protection of my rights.
Patricia Blaine August 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
If you google voter fraud, you will find thousands of cases being litigated in about 15 states. I copied some of them below. INDIANA 2008 Election officials in Indiana have thrown out more than 4,000 ACORN-submitted voter registrations after finding they had identical handwriting and included the names of many deceased Indianans, and even the name of a fast food restaurant. MICHIGAN 2008 Clerks in Detroit found a "sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent [voter] applications" from the Michigan branch of ACORN. Those applications have been turned over to the U.S. Attorney's office for investigation. 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported that “overzealous or unscrupulous campaign workers in several Michigan counties are under investigation for voter-registration fraud, suspected of attempting to register nonexistent people or forging applications for already-registered voters.” ACORN-affiliate Project Vote was one of two groups suspected of turning in the documents. MISSOURI 2008 Nearly 400 ACORN-submitted registrations in Kansas City have been rejected due to duplication or fake information.
Patricia Blaine August 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Here are incidents of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. They can be found on the site RottenAcorn.com. Probably there are lots more. These are the ones that were identified. PA 2009 Seven ACORN workers in the Pittsburgh area were indicted for submitting falsified voter registration forms. Six of the seven were also indicted for registering voters under an illegal quota system. 2008 State election officials have thrown out 57,435 voter registrations, the majority of which were submitted by ACORN. The registrations were thrown out after officials found "clearly fraudulent" signatures, vacant lots listed as addresses, and other signs of fraud. 2008 An ACORN employee in West Reading, PA, was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison for identity theft and tampering with records. A second ACORN worker pleaded not guilty to the same charges and is free on $10,000 bail. 2004 Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.
Patricia Blaine August 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Here are incidents of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. They can be found on the site RottenAcorn.com. Probably there are lots more. These are the ones that were identified. PA 2009 Seven ACORN workers in the Pittsburgh area were indicted for submitting falsified voter registration forms. Six of the seven were also indicted for registering voters under an illegal quota system. 2008 State election officials have thrown out 57,435 voter registrations, the majority of which were submitted by ACORN. The registrations were thrown out after officials found "clearly fraudulent" signatures, vacant lots listed as addresses, and other signs of fraud. 2008 An ACORN employee in West Reading, PA, was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison for identity theft and tampering with records. A second ACORN worker pleaded not guilty to the same charges and is free on $10,000 bail. 2004 Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.

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