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Voter ID Protest in Lehigh Valley Today

Opponents of Pennsylvania's new voter ID law will rally in Allentown at noon

Protesters opposed to Pennsylvania's will rally at noon today at 7th and Hamilton streets in Allentown. 

Also, the state Commonwealth Court today plans to open a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to block the law from taking effect on Nov. 6 - Election Day.

Hundreds of people rallied against the law in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether Pennsylvania's new law requiring a valid photo ID to vote complies with federal laws.

Proponents say the law will help crack down on voter fraud, but opponents say the and the law is politically motivated to disenfranchise some voters.

About 9 percent of Pennsylvania voters do not have a valid ID to vote per the requirements of the new law.

freeandequalpa July 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Wayne wrote: "Indiana's voter ID law was upheld by the Supreme Court." You are oversimplifying the holding of the Crawford case. The Court did not hold that photo ID laws are per se Constitutional, but rather held that the plaintiffs who challenged the Indiana photo ID law had not come forward with enough evidence to show that the law violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Justice Scalia highlighted that in his concurring opinion: "The lead opinion assumes petitioners' premise that the voter-identification law 'may have imposed a special burden on' some voters, but holds that petitioners have not assembled evidence to show that the special burden is severe enough to warrant strict scrutiny." So if different plaintiffs came forward with solid evidence on the burden issue in some future case, the Court could easily reach the opposite conclusion. Also, Crawford will not apply to the lawsuit challenging the PA Photo ID Law. The plaintiffs in the PA case have alleged only violations of the Pennsylvania Constitution, not the federal Constitution. A case holding that Indiana's photo ID law does not violate the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution is irrelevant to a case challenging the PA photo ID law as violative of the PA Constitution. Here's another way to look at it -- the US Supreme Court will lack jurisdiction to hear an appeal from the PA Supreme Court's final judgment in the PA case because the suit alleges no violation of federal law.
freeandequalpa July 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Wayne wrote: "A provisional ballot will be provided for anyone without their ID, right?" Correct. But under the law the ballot will not be counted until the voter presents ID within 6 days of the election. So if a voter does not have an cannot obtain photo ID like may of the voters in the lawsuit, their provisional ballot will not be counted. "A qualified absentee voter is not required to provide proof of identification if the voter is entitled to vote by absentee ballot" Only those who are out-of-town or unable to make it to the polls due to illness may vote absentee. You cannot vote absentee just because you do not have an ID -- at least not without violating the Election Code.
Joe America July 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I do not drive nor possess a driver's license. I also am poor and on assistance. And guess what? I have more ID's then all of you and I vote in every election, local, state and national and haven't missed a single vote in decades. The myth of poor folk not having any ID has grown so tiring to me that I am about to scream. Poor people usually have more ID's then richer people and more ways to prove who they are (via governmental and school IDs). And all this crap about not having rides, etc? Are you serious? So where do they get their food? Where do they get their clothing, etc? Rides, that's how. From friends, family and public transportation that's how. There is absolutely no reason to oppose the voter ID law based on these criteria. Showing ID makes perfect sense and will leave NO ONE hanging. If anything, it will assure that every vote will be valid (or at least more valid than our current system is). For those trying to also add the myth of this being some right wing conspiracy, dare I mention the Al Gore vs. George Bush election in Florida?!?! Back then the left was whining that we needed better security measures and better ways of making sure votes were valid, etc. For what it's worth, I am not even voting for either of the two parties (as both are just the same animal in different clothing)... so I'm not banging the drums for either side here. It's just common sense. Such a non-issue to divert you sheep even more...
gruntled July 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thanks, Joe, that's a great reply. If anyone has that big a problem, it seems that they're not very motivated to do anything to ensure their rights. The offer still stands for Northampton County & Easton folks.....if you need help, call the Republican Committee.....610-438-3319.
ted.dobracki September 11, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Congressional candidate votes in two states: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-wendy-rosen-withdraws-20120910,0,3764352.story

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