Letter to the Editor: Mattiacci Calls Voter ID Law 'Common Sense'

Republican candidate for the 153rd Legislative District Nick Mattiacci weighs in on the Voter ID delay


To the editor:

[The preliminary injunction of the voter ID law] is disappointing because the voter ID law is a common sense measure that will ensure the integrity of our elections, but it's clear that the Pennsylvania Department of State, PennDOT and the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners have done everything they could to accommodate people who are in need of a photo ID. However, I am pleased that the long term outcome is that photo ID will be a requirement in future elections.


Nick Mattiacci

Elkins Park

Victor B. Krievins October 04, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Well stated Nick. Steve Kline has once again distorted the known truth. He has done so once again in his usual didactic manner.
Steven Kline October 04, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Oh, I read you posting and it is clear you do not understand the differences. There are no reported cases of discrimination of gay and lesbian Abington residents because the state law does not afford them any means to adjudicate a complaint therefore there is no one or no entity, including No Place for Hate, to report an incident. Now through the action of a bipartisan group of Abington Commissioners they have protections and a all volunteer human relations commission that can assist in these matters. Voter fraud is covered by current state and federal laws and incidents of voter fraud can be reported with or without the Voter ID law. However, even with these laws in place for many years the frequency of voter fraud is staggeringly low. On another note, organization such as the Red Cross and religious institutions are exempt from a large portion of the Abington Human Relations Ordinance and those parts they are subjected to will not effect their ability to provide the work and services they provide. Please read the ordinance so that you are better informed. No rhetoric Nick, just facts. I can't stand to waste time with rhetoric when so many on both sides have attempted to distort the facts on many issues. Many worked on the Abington Human Relations Ordinance (D's & R's) to have it's significance diminished by being part of the Voter ID discussion. Pick something else.
Steven Kline October 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
And Nick, I stand by what I said in previous article posting. I do not have an issue with the requirement to show photo ID in order to vote. I also stand by my comments questioning the state's motivation, timing and implementation. It would seem the court(s) agree with my concerns.
Nick Mattiacci October 04, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Steve, no rhetoric or distorting the facts huh, see your previous post where you state “While this may be an acceptable atmosphere for Mr. Mattiacci” this is clearly not supported by the facts. Further, there was no correlation made between the two laws, only the similarities between the arguments against. I’d be happy to have a conversation with you regarding this topic. You don’t have to agree with them and I don’t need you to attempt to explain the law or its application, I get that just fine. I welcome respectful debate; it suits you better, it is important to ensure people are informed about the issues that face our township, district and state. Thanks Steve.
Steven Kline October 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Nick, If you are telling me that you support the passage of the Abington Human Relation Ordinance and would support an expansion of the protected classes, to include those added in the Abington ordinance, in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, then I stand corrected and for that I apologize. Hopefully now you understand that there are no similarities between the arguments against each of these topics. And I do feel I need to explain the ordinance because too many times the facts of the ordinance were misstated and misleading which led to false assumptions and consequences.


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