Skip to comments.The Unfounded Case Against Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law (Excellent piece by von Spakovsky)
Posted on 08/07/2012 4:25:58 PM PDT by jazusamo
Like many states concerned over election integrity, Pennsylvania passed a common-sense election reform: voter ID. As a result, it has been targeted in a lawsuit by the ACLU and threatened with litigation by the politically driven Eric Holder Justice Department.
The ACLU lawsuit is unfounded, and the DOJ actions are an abuse of its legal authority as outlined in a previous post by PJ Media Legal Editor Christian Adams.
The Pennsylvania law is not even as restrictive as Indianas voter ID, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. It has several exemptions that make it impossible for anyone, including the ACLU, to rationally claim that it will prevent any eligible voter from voting (although that may not prevent a liberal judge from striking it down).
As a summary issued by Gov. Tom Corbett and Secretary of State Carol Aichele outlines, starting with the November 2012 election, the new law requires individuals voting in person to present a photo ID issued:
Pennsylvania has combined the ID requirement for in-person voting with a similar requirement for absentee ballots, which many have called the tool of choice for vote thieves. Absentee voters must provide either a photocopy of one of the acceptable IDs listed for in-person voting, or their drivers license number on the absentee ballot application form. Or they can provide the last four digits of their Social Security number if they dont have a drivers license.
A Pennsylvania voter who has a religious objection to being photographed can use the without-photo ID issued by the state. Anyone who does not have a photo ID can receive one free from the state. If they have an expired Pennsylvania drivers license or nondrivers license ID, they can obtain a free photo ID for voting without any supporting documentation.
When voters show up at the polling place without an ID, they will be able to vote with a provisional ballot. That ballot will be counted if the voter provides the county board of election with a copy of acceptable ID within six days of the election by mail, fax, or e-mail.
Despite all this, the ACLU and others (including Attorney General Holder) are falsely claiming that the costs associated with obtaining the supporting documents needed for a photo ID such as a birth certificate make this requirement a poll tax. According to them, those costs will prevent eligible voters from going to the polls. The courts dismissed that argument when it was raised over voter ID laws in Arizona, Georgia and Indiana, and have held that such indirect costs are not a poll tax. But the claim about incidental costs cannot be creditably raised in Pennsylvania. The law specifically provides that the provisional ballot of an individual without a photo ID will be counted if he files an affirmation stating that he is indigent and is unable to obtain the ID without paying a fee such as for a birth certificate. There is simply no barrier to anyone obtaining the ID required to vote.
News reports have published claims being made by the ACLU that up to 1.6 million registered voters do not have an ID. The state did a comparison of its list of 8.2 million registered voters with its drivers license list of 8.7 million licenses issued to those 18-years of age and older. It found 758,000 registered voters without a DMV ID.
But the state did not do any comparison of the registered voter list with any other databases that contain information on acceptable IDs under the Pennsylvania law, such as the U.S. State Department (passports) and the Department of Defense (military IDs), or all of the other agencies and departments that issue IDs acceptable under Pennsylvania law such as student IDs, government employee IDs, or ID issued by long-term care and assisted living facilities.
In PA, a birth certificate costs $10. Many of the so-called poor spend at least that much on lottery tickets.
This is a BS case. The state has bent over backwards to accommodate the indigent in this matter. It has nothing to do with hardship for the poor and everything to do with helping to prevent voter fraud which may be the only way Obama wins a second term.
Obama will be hard pressed to win this election with decreased voter fraud and he, Holder and Holder's minions know it.
Precisely why the law suit....drag it out til after the elections so that it doesn't matter and they will have had their chance to steal the election and ultimately what is left of the Republic. These Marxists are hell bent on succeeding in the overthrow of the country this time. They have been working at it for over 100 years and they feel that now is the day the hour and the minute. Whatever happens, they will NOT go quietly.
I got new glasses a few months ago and I had to give them my DL (which they photocopied) before I could get an exam.
It's not required to vote, however.
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Well, you’d have to obtain a birth certificate from the state you were born in (if you don’t have one), which may not be PA, but your point remains. The faux outrage over a law that isn’t nearly as strong as ones that have been upheld before is the only thing that matters.