Voter ID – A Bad Idea
I was pleased to join ACTION United and Philadelphians from throughout the city to protest the state’s new and restrictive voter ID law outside Governor Corbett’s Center City Office.
During the week of August 13 Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson will announce if Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is constitutional. I’m anxious to read his decision, and hope that he overturns the law, because any legislation that decreases the number of eligible voters is not good for the democratic process.
As I’m sure you have heard by now, Governor Corbett and the Republican controlled legislature passed what could be called one of the toughest voter ID laws in the nation. The law requires Pennsylvania voters to show an ID before they are allowed to vote. I voted against the law because it disproportionally affects minorities and seniors; many of which live in our district. In fact according to a recent AFL-CIO study, the highest number of registered seniors who do not have a proper photo ID live are our neighbors. If you want to vote in November you need to have a valid, non-expired:
- U.S. government ID with a name, photograph and expiration date;
- U.S. military ID;
- PA or PennDOT ID with a name, photograph and expiration date; or
- An ID issued by a Pennsylvania care facility with a name, photograph and expiration date.
I continue to stand with local and state leaders who are working to overturn the law in addition to supporting legislation that would increase penalties for voter impersonation.
If you need help getting your valid ID or birth certificate or have questions about the new law, my staff and I are here to help. Also, please take a few minutes to make sure your friends, family and neighbors have the necessary ID to vote too. Please continue to stay informed about voter ID by visiting my website or the Committee of Seventy at www.seventy.org.
As always, thank you for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of any assistance.
Sen. Larry Farnese