Why is Senate Bill 514 bad?
1. It's quite common for older, handicapped, poorer, and minority people not to have photo ID. The cost and bother of getting photo ID is significant for them.
2. there were no allegations of fraud of this sort in the past election--this is a "fix" to a phantom problem.
3. we already have a requirement for new voters to show ID, and draconian penalties for voter fraud.
Read here (pdf) for details.
What should you do?
Use http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm to find your state senator and complain, and/or write directly to the chair and minority chair of the PA Senate State Government Committee. That's Senator McIlhinney, e-mail= cmcilhinney "at" pasen.gov and Senator Williams, e-mail = williams "at" pasenate.com
Also consider a letter to the editor, especially if your senator is unlikely to be "on the fence" on this issue. Even if it comes down to a Rendell veto, having an informed public really matters.
To track the progress of the bill, go here.
March 24, 2009
Voter photo ID bill back -- call or e-mail to oppose!
Posted by Maria
From an email I received: