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How Will PA Spread Voter ID Word?

State Rep. Parker holds info session on new Voter ID Law.

Though not happy about the new state law that requires voters to bring IDs to the polls, state Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-200) is trying to be proactive.

The chair for the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives hosted a community meeting last week to get the FAQs answered and educate city and suburban leaders so they can spread info on the law.

"After the law was passed, while we're not pleased at all with it... we're dealing with it and need to know how to get prepared," Parker said.

Held at Laborers' Local #332 Union Hall at 13th and Wallace Streets, the August 1 midday meeting brought together other state representatives, media members, nonprofit association employees and city government staff to learn directly from the Department of State, the agency tasked to spread information the hall that impacts the 2012 election.

How the Law Works

The meeting's main objective was to outline how information will be shared—Parker was particularly insistent that the media plan is important. In addition, state officials provided voter guides in several different languages.

In essence, the law requires all voters to present either a valid photo government ID, or other state-sanctioned forms of identification—like IDs issued by public or private colleges, long-term nursing homes, assisted living centers, or personal care homes. Additionally the state will accept PennDOT IDs without photos for those with religious objections to being photographed; a drivers' license less than a year passed expiration; or military/veteran IDs without expiration dates.

The state will offer free IDs from PennDOT to those without a drivers' license.

Click here to visit the state's website, VotesPA.com, or here to .

How Word Will Spread

Representing the Department of State, Megan Sweeney outlined the ways Pennsylvania will spread word of the law. Using $5 million in federal money from the Help America Vote Act, the commonwealth plans to educate the 5.8 million registered voters through a variety of ways.

"Our two main objectives are to get info out there about the law, (in that) you have to bring an ID. And also to help get people those IDs," she said.

Through a media campaign, mailings and utilization of commonwealth services, Sweeney said, the Department of State will share the message. The state plans to run radio, TV and newspaper ads throughout the fall leading up to the election.

Sweeney summarized the many channels her office will utilize to get the word out. In essence, it's any means necessary. Some awareness plans include:

  • Mailing postcards to all registered voters;
  • Advertising on transit systems;
  • Distributing info to all licensed PA care facilities;
  • Increasing Department of State staff to field phone calls/answer emails;
  • Reaching out to every college newspaper;
  • Sending mass emails to commonwealth employees, public school superintendents and university presidents;
  • Posting information on the crawl below all lottery television broadcasts;
  • Using the voter website, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts; and
  • Providing graphics for anyone who wants to directly link their website to VotesPA.com.

In addition, people can call 1-877-Votes-PA or read info here for detailed instructions on how to obtain an ID.

Lorbee August 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
To Justwondering--what a nice post, but the minute I read it, I knew that you would get mindless replies, reminding you that "driving is a privilege and not a right" but not stick to the gist of your post. Of course, they didn't disappoint. You are correct in everything you said here, but unfortunately, Democrats will see flaw in your post. They continue to think that it's an overreach to expect someone to assume a little responsibility, in order to protect the right to vote (thinking that is still a right, not a privilege, as driving is). They continue to contend that the photo ID law is the brainchild of Republicans who demand things done on the up and up, how dare they. Having a fair and square election without concern that people's dogs, dead people, and illegals have voted is just a silly notion with no place in today's society. Yes, you are correct in your discernment and desire for all things being legal, but goodness, that may actually mean that a Republican might win the election. OH God forbid!!
Lorbee August 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
at Justwondering-my reply to your original post above is proven, as I read the posted reply above, indicating "our Constitutional Rights are being violated by the Republican Party in PA." I rest my case. Those nasty Republicans, wanting things done without fraud! How dare they impose such restrictions!
Lorbee August 18, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Justwondering--I'm glad to see you, as opposed to Earnest, are clearly paying close attention. Earnest wants the Constitution and Bill of Rights free from violation. One side looks at this as a clear violation, simply by requiring you prove you are who you say you are, the other side contents their rights are being violated because unsavory people will use tactics to skew the results of an election. Both of these arguments must be weighed! Whose rights are really being violated? The person who insists on maintaining the integrity of our voting system or the person who refuses to recognize menacing at polling place, ballots not posted at polls examined before voting, unions & Acorn permitted to register and take persons to polls without proof of citizenship, or conducting registration drives w/o validation. The painful truth is that the desire for Democrats to win, no matter how they get there, necessitated the need to put a stop to these crooked tactics. Upholding the Constitution and Bill of Rights remains foremost in the minds of Conservatives.
justwondering August 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Lorbee - you just made it to my favorite list!!!! Well said.
Babs Ann September 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The voter ID issue has been in the spotlight for over a year. If there is anyone out there who has no clue, they shouldn't be voting anyway.. Don't cry foul if you don't have an ID, you have had a year to get one.

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