Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Election Day brought problems at polls in several areas of eastern Pennsylvania
EASTERN PA — Several reports of voting irregularities in Eastern Pennsylvania emerged on Tuesday, the day of the presidential election. In Easton, signs appeared offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to voter fraud convictions. A constable for Easton’s 10th ward removed one such sign staked into the ground after consulting with an elections attorney on site. The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network, the same group that posted “Replace ObamaCare” billboards around the state, made the signs. ID Requests Many Easton voters also reported poll workers asking for their IDs, even though IDs are not required for this election cycle under the law. Matthew Keeler, press secretary for the PA Department of State, said that's part of the …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Republican candidate for the 153rd Legislative District Nick Mattiacci weighs in on the Voter ID delay
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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
State Rep. Dean reacts to the Voter ID law delay
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, said earlier this afternoon that she was pleased that Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson issued a preliminary injunction on the state’s beleaguered voter ID law this morning. Via telephone, Dean said, “I am relieved and pleased that the courts recognized what we’ve been saying all along — that this bill disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania Voters. It’s a sad and cynical bill as well as costly and disruptive.” The law wasn’t shot down entirely. The preliminary injunction will only last until the general election. Simpson will rule on a permanent injunction after the election. For more information on the preliminary injunction, click here. Dean said she is still working to make sure …
Find out what people are saying online about Tuesday's ruling on Pennsylvania's controversial Voter ID Law.
Most Tweets are happy with the ruling, but some people are frustrated and others still appear confused by it all.
Judge Robert Simpson ruled Tuesday that implementation of Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law be put on hold until after the Nov. 6 general election.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A judge ruled today that Pennsylvania's tough new Voter ID Law should be put on hold until after the Nov. 6 general election, according to an Associated Press report. The ruling can be appealed to the state Supreme Court, which said it would expedite any further action in the case since Election Day is just five weeks away. Do you agree with the ruling? Tell us in the comments section below. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson heard two days of testimony last week, as directed by the Supreme Court, to determine whether the state has made it easy enough to get a photo ID in order to vote. Opponents say the law, and the process to get an ID, disenfranchises voters. Supporters say the law will prevent voter fraud - but that justification …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Any one of seven forms of ID are sufficient to get a new county-issued voter ID card.
Montgomery County on Monday officially introduced its previously announced program to issue voter identification cards that comply with the state's controversial Voter ID law. The understated, white, credit-card sized IDs will be available beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3 to all registered voters who live in Montgomery County. "This is not a ticket to vote," said Commissioner Bruce Castor, who pointed out that those presenting the identification at a polling place on Nov. 6 where they do not appear in the registration rolls will still be unable to vote. Those seeking to obtain the identification must present one of seven forms of identification displaying their name and address: Applicants must also sign an affidavit affirming that they are a U…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Shapiro: 'Troubled' by Corbett Administration's 'inappropriate' comment
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
To the editor: Earlier this year, Pennsylvania passed a new law requiring voters to show an ID in order to vote. While at first blush, this may sound sensible to some, it will likely have the effect of suppressing the rights of certain voters who do not meet the new strict standards. In Montgomery County alone, according to a report from the commonwealth, over 49,000 people either do not have the necessary identification to be able to vote or there is some question about their ID card. While my opposition to this new law is well-documented (I voted against it when I served in the State House), as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners I took an oath to uphold all of the laws of the commonwealth —even those I disagree with. …
The Committee of Seventy claims the new county IDs will cause 'chaos' at polls; Montgomery County says poll workers will be trained to recognize Parkhouse-issued IDs.
As the state's controversial Voter ID law began its latest judicial review Tuesday, Montgomery County said it was preparing to train the county's poll workers to recognize and accept a new county-issued form of identification that it expects to begin distributing to registered voters next week. Exploiting an apparent loophole in the wording of the law that allows "care facilities" to distribute valid photo identification, the county plans to issue ID cards to any eligible county resident under the auspices of the Parkhouse nursing care facility in Upper Providence Township. Service locations, documentation requirements, and other specific implementation details of the county's plan are expected later this week, but one area civic group …
Monday, September 24, 2012
A state consumer group is urging area colleges and universities to offer voter ID-valid cards to students.
UPDATE – Tuesday, Sept. 25: Two of the colleges listed by PennPIRG as either not having voter ID-law compliant student IDs or as giving inconsistent information or not providing an explicit answer have contacted Patch with new information. "Chestnut Hill College has been working tirelessly to ensure that our students will have the proper identification to go to the polls in November," said Linda Mixon, media relations manager for Chestnut Hill College, in an email to Patch. According to Mixon, the following actions have been taken by the college to ensure that students have the necessary information about the law and will have the proper identification necessary to vote: According to one Patch user, the following was recently sent to …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday's Pa. Supreme Court ruling on a challenge to the Voter ID law now puts the burden on the commonwealth to prove that no voters will be disenfranchised by the photo ID requirement.
It's now up to the Commonwealth to prove that no voters will be disenfranchised by a controversial new Voter ID law after Tuesday's Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling. The high court sent a challenge to the law back down to Commonwwealth Court where a judge has until Oct. 2 to determine if adequate measures are in place for voters to get a free photo ID in time for the Nov. 6 general election Three GOP and one Democratic justice made up the 4-2 majority in the ruling. One of the two dissenting Democrats on the panel accused the court of "punting" and said the law should be blocked now. The court shifted the burden in the case from challengers to the Commonwealth. "We are not satisfied with a mere predictive judgment based primarily on the …