Pennsylvania's Legislature: Right on the Money with the Voter ID Law

Voter ID Law: Good for Pennsylvania.

Opponents of the Voter ID law point to the fact that government cannot force anyone to prove his or her identity before he or she votes. They claim that one's vote is a guaranteed right protected by the Constitution of the United States and asking someone to provide an ID in order to vote is discriminatory.

But what is wrong with proving that you are who you claim you are when casting your vote?  After all, are not Pennsylvanians required to have a driver's license in order to drive?  In fact, Pennsylvania requires its residents to have IDs for a variety of reasons i.e. buying and owning a gun, getting married etc. etc.  Why, today even joining a fitness center requires an ID with your picture. Today, everyone has some form of ID for identification. The Social Security card is the best example.  What about an ID to enter a place of employment?  I remember years ago when I was hired by a major pharmaceutical corporation, the first thing I had to do is to have an ID with a picture before I could enter their premises.

Pennsylvania Voter ID law applies to everyone and that is why I believe the law is not only legal, it is necessary to prevent among things, illegal votes usually cast by unscrupulous individuals who want to win or decide an election one way or another.

It is the same old cry of those individuals who want to manipulate the system in
order to win votes. Why then, are these people opposing a law that protects all
of its citizens equally? The Voter ID law is not geared to any particular individual,
a race of people or a group of people; the Voter ID law is there for our
protection because for too long, we have seen what the honor system has done in
the voting centers around this state.

In recent years, we have experienced first-hand the evils of not having an ID especially in the voting booth where after each election, fraudulent activities are
reported everywhere. Why, in recent years, we even had dead people voting.

Now, tell me how honorable is that, when dead people are counted among the living in the voting booth? And that is only the tip of the iceberg because in recent years, the fraud in the voting booth has been well documented by both parties in this country i.e. duplicate votes, phony voting registration and the like.

Therefore, please stop whining at the Pa. Voter ID Law claiming that it is
unconstitutional and discriminatory because it is here to stay and the timing
could not have been better because we need to secure and maintain the sanctity
of our vote.

To be sure, the Voter ID is and should our first step is the protection of our
vote. Vigilance by those who are entrusted to protect our vote should also be counted among the number #1 priority because when it pertains to voting, we cannot have duplication of votes, votes by dead people, people in prisons and other voting irregularities.

As Americans, we should be proud to live in a country where our votes matter.  Voting is a privilege and as such, it should be protected at all costs and if that that cost is a Voter ID, it is a small price to pay.

I will gladly abide by it.

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Adrian Seltzer September 11, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Many of the people without ID, are not without ID. They just do not have the specific ID necessary to vote. If you show a poll worker your veterans ID with your name and picture, and your name is the same in the voting registry, your signature matches and your birthday matches, why wouldn't the poll worker know it is you? Does an expiration date change who you are? NO. Same with a college id or any other photo id. This is the reality of the PA law, that it doesn't prevent any fraud that the safeguards that were in place wouldn't have caught. Don't believe me? Give me a scenario. Believe me, sign my petition to postpone the voter id law until after the election http://signon.org/sign/postpone-pa-voter-id
David Curran September 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Hi Adrian, I would just like to thank you for your efforts to right this wrong, it is people like you who give me hope that perhaps a disaster may be avoided. For some reason my iPhone will not let me fill out your petition. When I am at a pc later I will fill out and submit.
vincent October 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
jim shu..you are the one that's DUMB. "the right to vote is a privilege"? do you realize how stupid that sounds? ..maybe you shouldn't be allowed to vote.
Adrian Seltzer October 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Gerrymandering is not mandated but redistricting is. Gerrymandering is creating the political lines to keep specific reps in business, not about the will of the people.
Adrian Seltzer October 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
It should be unconstitutional because of the PA constitution.


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