voter ID law

  1. Via the  Daily News:.

    A judge earlier this month that a state-approved voter ID was not needed to cast a ballot in the presidential race Nov. 6, but voter-rights advocates say state billboards about the law are confusing people.

    Like the 10 ads placed in predominantly Hispanic communities with a photo of a woman holding up her driver’s license. "Esta jornada electoral si la tienes muestrala," it reads in Spanish, which means: "This Election Day, if you have it, show it."

    "It’s causing confusion with voters and now a lot of anger in the Hispanic community," Juan Ramos, a former Philadelphia City Council member and head of the Delaware Valley Voter Registration Education Project, said at a news conference in City Hall on Monday. He said the billboards went up last week. "The state should emphasize that you don’t need it to vote."

    articles.philly.com »

  2. From Post-Gazette.com:

    A judge has blocked the state from discounting ballots cast next month by voters who lack the photo identification required under the new voter ID law.

    Voters will be asked for their identification at the polls, but will vote by normal procedures and their vote will count regardless of whether they have an ID, according to officials on both sides of the case.




  3. From Philly.com:

    The Nutter administration has decided not to follow the lead of Montgomery and Allegheny counties in issuing photo-ID cards for Philadelphia voters through county nursing facilities or Philadelphia Community College.

    The city Law Department is not certain such IDs will be accepted at polling places and the city intends to use its limited resources in other ways to help registered voters who will need photo ID  to cast ballots in November, said Brian Abernathy, chief of staff in the city managing director’s office.

    philly.com »

  4. Petitioners’ counsel did an excellent job of “putting a face” to those burdened by the voter ID requirement. At the end of the day, however, I do not have the luxury of deciding this issue based on my sympathy for the witnesses or my esteem for counsel.”

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    Judge Robert E. Simpson

    The Pennsylvania Voter ID Law was upheld in Commonwealth Court. Read more on the decision here.

    philly.com »

  5. Gov. Tom Corbett (R) signed Pennsylvania’s Voter-ID law in March in an attempt to prevent voter fraud.

    Pennsylvania voters will now need to show their driver’s license, or other forms of photo ID at the polls in November.

    Democrats criticized the law claiming its true intention is to suppress voter-turnout. Backed by the ACLU and other rights groups, 10 individuals are suing to get the voter-ID law thrown out on the grounds that it violates the state constitution. They say the law will place the biggest burden on those who don’t drive, mainly youth, the elderly, minorities and urban residents.

  6. Virginia voters will decide on Tuesday which Republican candidate will run against Democrat Tim Kaine.

    Former governor and senator George Allen, who held the seat before losing it to retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D) in 2006, is the clear frontrunner. The other choices are: 

    • Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson
    • Tea party activist Jamie Radtke
    • Del. Robert G. Marshall

    Although Virginia’s Voter ID law will not take effect until July 1, Tuesday’s voter turnout is expected to be low. Chris Piper, manager of election services for the State Board of Elections, told the Richmond Times Dispatch that the biggest issue they expect in Tuesday’s election is a mini-protest on those new laws.

    richmondtimesdispatch.com »

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