Notice how many Republican primaries have required photo IDs?
Pennsylvania Democrats say ‘misguided’ voter ID law wastes $11 million - The law requires voters in the state to present a photo ID when they cast ballots in federal, state and local elections. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center estimated the legislation would cost $11 million. In order to withstand legal challenges, the state must provide photo IDs for free, notify and educate voters about the new voting restrictions, hire more election staff, and purchase additional photo ID equipment. “Republicans should have spent their time working on legislation to create jobs instead of engaging in a political power grab,” Burn added. “Despite the Republicans’ attempts to silence voters, Democrats will ensure that every voter in Pennsylvania will have their voices heard in 2012 and beyond.” Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has said he would sign the bill into law.
This is an issue I don’t think has gotten near enough attention.
Personal story: I accidently left my driver’s license at the bank when I went in to cash a travel check to go to a conference. The bank policy is to shred driver’s licenses if not picked up in 24 hours. As I was out of town, I didn’t get the call to retrieve my license in time to save it from shredding.
I was born in a state different than the one I live in now. I did not have a copy of my birth certificate as it was destroyed in a flood. A driver’s license was needed to get a new copy of my birth certificate. Lucky for me, I did take my maiden name back after my divorce - not sure how that would have complicated things if I hadn’t. It still took me 4 months and $125.00 to get a new driver’s license.
Women, please check that you are registered to vote and have the documentation required in your state. And be sure to start talking to other women about this issue. Because we often change our name when married, it can be much more difficult for women to get the papers necessary to get the required ID to vote.
“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” –House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R), describing accomplishments of the Pennsylvania legislature at a Republican State Committee meeting in Pennsylvania this weekend.