What's the Fate of Pa.’s Voter ID Law?

Pennsylvania's new voter ID law has been challenged in court. What do you think? Should you be required to show identification to vote?


In March, Pennsylvania legislators passed a strict voter ID law, requiring all voters to show “acceptable" identification before voting. Voting rights groups challenged the law in court, arguing it’s unconstitutional.

The case concluded Thursday, and the judge will give his decision the week of Aug. 13.

What is your decision? Should you be required to show ID to vote? Why? Why not? Tell us in comments.

To get up-to-date on the controversy, Here’s .

a m mulroney August 06, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I understand in Phily this is considered a constitutional right
Patrick C August 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I agree ToolFoole, but I don't think we go far enough, we should follow the Athenian model, make voting mandatory. That way everyone will finally be responsible for our Democracy. Of course if this happened Republicans would never get a president elected but voter fraud would be at zero.
tom August 07, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Your empathy is overwhelming, I must say. Thank you for the links; some of the folks I know may be able to use these. Nevertheless, in reading the various pages, it appears that, although one need only supply the last four digits of one's soc sec # to obtain an absentee application, once one receives the application, one must get a physician's signature. Most PCP offices charge patients for extra paperwork, and even if they don't, it may be a hardship to get to the doctor's office. Btw, if you don't enjoy drama, maybe comedy is more your cup of tea--in which case you might want to check out Mr. Romney's campaign. Just kidding!
William Crielly August 07, 2012 at 03:35 AM
And how about all the dead people who vote every year in Phila. How are they going to get a photo ID?
Steve Sears August 13, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I've researching the PA Commonwealth Court Judge - Robert E. Simpson Jr. - whose will determine whether the PA Voter ID is LEGAL. From what I can find my evaluation is that he will find the PA Voter ID an infringement on the legal right to vote as written in the PA Constitution. Here a link to more information about Judge Simpson Jr. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20120813_Voter-ID_case_puts_spotlight_on_Pa__judge.ht


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