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Voter ID Law Opponents Rally in Easton

A rally against Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law drew about 65 people to Easton's Center Square as the state Supreme Court considers a formal challenge to the law

A peaceful but energetic rally against drew about 65 people to Center Square in Easton on Saturday.

The recurring message of the event was that Pennsylvania’s the law amounts to naked suppression of a basic American civil right.

“Causing people to go through all these hoops is un-American,” declared Easton Mayor Sal Panto, the first of a lengthy roster of speakers who passed around a bullhorn.

“We know that this was done politically,” said Panto, who added that it was the rushed “process” more than the law itself that concerned him.

Organized by Easton’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the rally attracted a disparate array of community and religious leaders, Democratic Party officials and activists, and citizens united by opposition to the new law.

Again and again, speakers underlined the notion that all citizens, whatever their politics, ought to be concerned about the law.

“I don’t care if you follow the donkey, the elephant, or drink the tea,” said the NAACP’s local political action chair, Mark Robinson, the principal organizer of the rally. When voter rights are suppressed, he said, everyone loses.

“The new voter ID law is voter suppression, plain and simple,” said state Rep. Bob Freeman, who argued that many legitimately registered voters will be denied a vote because of the law.

Rep. Freeman presented a scenario in which an elderly World War II veteran of D-Day, who can no longer drive and thus possesses no ID,  walks into the same site he has voted at for 40 years and suddenly discovers he can no longer vote.

Another speaker, Joan M. Dean, president of the League of Women Voters of Northampton County, said that the non-partisan organization had taken a stand against the law.

Dean advises anyone with questions about the law to visit Votespa.com.

She said that her organization is trying to get the word out to campuses, elder care centers, soup kitchens, and other places where citizens lacking valid or current IDs might congregate.

Despite the non-partisan oratory, there were numerous people at the rally wearing pro-Obama and pro-Democrat buttons and garments.

The law was upheld by a Commonwealth Court judge from Nazareth in August but is now being , which heard arguments in the case Thursday.

including the one in Easton.

Editor's Note: The story has been revised to correct attribution for a quote to Mark Robinson of the NAACP.

Amend September 18, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Ben- you mistake the nature of the debate. It is those who are supporting this legislation who have the burden of presenting proof that it is occurring. That's why you are the straw man. It is your defense of that fallacy, in light of the evidence, that is causing you to misrepresent those opposing it. You call them lazy and irresponsible, or even un American, when it is you who needs to present proof of your argument that voter fraud is occurring in such bombers as to illicit the need to enact voter ID and potential disenfrachise an untold number of citizens.
Ben Miller September 18, 2012 at 05:18 PM
And you mistake the intelligence of the other posters on here, who read your comments and quite literally, laugh out loud. Good day.
Tony September 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
no ben. obviously you are obviously obviously you know. .... no obviously you need to wake up. the fact is the PA Repubs passed this bill wasting our tax dollars and throwing it to the wind. Sorry you love to waste tax dollars. didn't know you were a liberal tax burner just spending away tax dollars for no apparent reason $11 million of our tax dollars being wasted and you agree. go to your liberal website ben and praise how happy you are that this bill was passed. you are probably also a patriot act lover. just continue taking away american rights. you seem to agree with that. we will agree to disagree. i agree with american's rights. you dont and that is fine. I agree with not wasting tax dollars and you do and that is fine.
Jaime September 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Ben Miller states, "P.S. I know what a straw man argument is, I have my BA and an honorary Doctorate. The primary fallacy in your argument is that because you don't see voter fraud". I hope for his sake the Honorary wasn't in English (or spelling).
louis kootsares September 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
oh gosh oh gee oh golly amend our whole judicial system is geared to not prosecute one innocent person even if there are 100 guilty found innocent so if the voter id saves us from 1 fraud it works... and important issues?like i should have said you boohoo liberals can look in the mirror ... thats americas big problem besides an ahole president who says sorry to a bunch of savages killing americans

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