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Judge spikes photo ID requirement for Pa. voters



Published: Fri, January 17, 2014 @ 3:39 p.m.

Judge spikes photo ID requirement for Pa. voters

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state judge has struck down the law requiring Pennsylvania’s voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said the requirement that was the centerpiece of Pennsylvania’s embattled 2012 voter identification law places an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote.

Republicans approved the law over the protests of Democrats.

During a 12-day trial, plaintiffs said hundreds of thousands of voters lacked acceptable IDs and the inconvenience of getting one might discourage some from voting. State officials insisted there were ample opportunities for voters to get a valid ID.

The court has barred enforcement of the law since 2012. Corbett lawyer James Schultz says he hasn’t decided yet whether to seek a full Commonwealth Court hearing or an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


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1Jerry(498 comments)posted 8 months ago

Supposed quote from Ben Stein from FB:

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured.....but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."
Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

I don't necessarily know if the attribution to Ben Stein is correct.......but the sentiment sure is right on.

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2YtownParent(324 comments)posted 8 months ago

The sentiment is apt, whether Stein said it or not. Overall it isn't factually correct because you have to have a valid driver's license, state or military issued photo ID in order to apply for any medicaid, food stamps or work's first benefits. Social Security is the only one I know of that lets you apply with just a birth certificate & SS card, but any new applicants have to have a bank account for benefits to be direct deposited into and since 9/11 all banks have to have a valid photo ID to open an account. So I don't really buy the "100,000 of voters can't get ID's" argument. It could only hold true for 75+ year olds who have been getting social security and had bank accounts prior to the financial security measures being enacted.

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376Ytown(1239 comments)posted 8 months ago

Only difference between a green card and citizenship is the right to vote. No proof of citizenship? Just say no comprendo. No need to prove anything you can vote.

Need medical care? Better have insurance after open enrollment ends. Not a citizen? No problem we'll take care of you.

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4NachoCheese(163 comments)posted 8 months ago

It's disgusting hacks like this are able to make it into public office.

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5JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 8 months ago

What is the problem with voter ID ?

If you are too deprived to have identification, you are not qualified to vote intelligently.

My mistake, "vote intelligently" is an oxymoron in too many cases.

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6LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 8 months ago

Thank Zeus for the Judiciary. Stopping Idiocy pushed through the Legislature since 1776.

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7dontbeafool(901 comments)posted 8 months ago

Voter's ID should be mandatory period for many reasons. Without an ID, if I know my neighbor's name and address, I could go cast a vote under his name. Voting procedures/requirements/laws should be Federal and consistant for every city, county, and state.

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8JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 8 months ago

@ Lt Mac :

I'm not sure of what you mean.

Are you saying that voter ID should not be required?

I know that it has always been that way in the past but times have changed. Obama has shown us this fact.

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9walter_sobchak(1907 comments)posted 8 months ago

When one reflects on the struggle to establish voting rights in the US for all citizens, I can't believe how some so callously disregard the efforts to secure this most precious right and duty. At one time we had true barriers to vote such as poll taxes, literacy tests, etc. Now, all we ask is someone to show a ubiquitous photo ID and there is this uproar. I can't go to a doctor's office or hospital anymore and not show a photo ID. But, the power is in COUNTING the votes and if we can only get more people voting that shouldn't (read "illegal aliens"), we can get more politicians in place that give away more freebies so they can keep getting re-elected. The swirl is picking up and we are heading down the drain faster than ever.

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10YtownParent(324 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't see how "the swirl is picking up". It's been a disgusting part of our elections since long before the days of boss Tweed. The only thing that has changed is that we now have to tools, in form of a photo id, to put a halt to it. Everyone has easy and cheap access to a photo id. Any voter it's claimed it would disenfranchise (the poor and elderly) have to have one in order to apply for and receive benefits. If they can so it to receive taxpayer assistance, then they can show it to vote for the officials who dole out that assistance.

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11LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I am in support of the Judiciary striking down this law with terrible vengeance! </SammualLJacksonism>

There was less than 1% voter fraud across the country in the last Presidential election. Even the Republicans who have gerrymandered and who now support this thinly veiled attempt at voter (who are likely to vote democrat) suppression admit there wasn't enough probable fraud to influence the election.

People who don't have an I.D. or temporarily misplaced it should be able to cast a provisional ballot in an election. We should be encouraging more people to vote not trying to stop those who do if they don't share your ideology which if it is conservatism is dying a very long over due death.

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1276Ytown(1239 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Who in the US does not have ID? What is the hidden agenda to allow people to vote without ID?

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13JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

@ LtMac:

>> People who don't have an I.D. or temporarily misplaced it should <<

Immediately acquire another ID. That is a fairly simple task.

"Voter suppression" is a concept of the ill informed.

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