If Pennsylvania Republicans continue to have their way, Pennsylvania is headed toward a new type of Jim Crow era that will negatively affect every Commonwealth voter. Pennsylvania Republican leaders, from Gov. Tom Corbett to House Majority Leader Mike Turzai and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, endorse plans to keep Pennsylvanians from the polls and now want to change how the Commonwealth counts your vote.
Republicans started first by enacting the controversial Voter ID bill sponsored by Butler County Rep. Daryl Metcalfe. Today, Pennsylvania Republicans seek to replace the current winner-takes-all system for apportioning electors in presidential elections with a system based on congressional districts. The actions of the governor and the Republican leadership in Harrisburg clearly show that they do not trust you, the voter.
Pennsylvania Republicans continue to reject electoral reforms that other states have successfully implemented. These reforms include implementing early voting, online voter registration, same day voter registration, and no-excuse absentee balloting. Such reasonable and common sense reforms would give Pennsylvanians a fair and equal opportunity to vote. Instead, the Republican leadership in Pennsylvania seeks to rig the electoral system and disenfranchise voters so that only radical Republican ideas and candidates can win elections. Moreover, these same Republicans want you to believe that their plans will reduce voter fraud. However, even the Pennsylvania Supreme Court doubts the voracity of their unsubstantiated voter fraud claims.
Our Commonwealth needs new leadership dedicated to advancing the cause of democracy for all Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvanians do not need politicians who seek to solidify their political power by placing unjustified restrictions on voters. I urge all Pennsylvanians to call their representatives and demand reasonable and common sense electoral reforms and reject the Republican power grab.
Michael T. Muha, Esq., Hermitage, Pa.