Important admission from the voter fraud fraudsters on the Right:
As the Justice Department investigates Pennsylvania’s voter ID law on the federal level, a coalition of civil rights groups is gearing up for a state trial starting Wednesday examining whether the law is allowable under Pennsylvania’s constitution.
In that case, Pennsylvania might have handed those groups and their clients (including 93-year-old Viviette Applewhite) a bit of an advantage: They’ve formally acknowledged that there’s been no reported in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania and there isn’t likely to be in November.
The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there “have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states.”
Additionally, the agreement states Pennsylvania “will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania and elsewhere” or even argue “that in person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absense of the Photo ID law.”
Someone should alert the media personalities at Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. The voter fraud nonsense they’ve been paid to push for the last 5 years didn’t even survive pre-trial preparation.
Good, solid, factual piece on Pennsylvania’s voter ID law that makes an important distinction:
Pennsylvania is one of four states that falls into the category of “strict” photo identification requirements, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Georgia, Tennessee and Kansas also have narrow laws on polling IDs requiring a state-approved photo.
Pennsylvania’s new law is one of the most restrictive in the country. That’s important because the more restrictive a new voting law is (and they get more restrictive every year) the more important it is to for the state to provide detailed information on how voters can qualify for a first class (not provisional) ballot under the new restrictions.
Every time I write about voting rights here I get comments where people ask why various civic groups or political campaigns aren’t educating voters on these restrictive laws. While I think it’s wonderful that the League of Women Voters and the ACLU and volunteer lawyers and church groups have taken it upon themselves to do the work that Governor Corbett and his political appointees are paid to do, let’s not forget something. Rock-bottom level competence and diligence in administering elections is the duty of the state. Governor Corbett is ultimately responsible for running elections properly in Pennsylvania. Because Governor Corbett and his political appointees have outsourced voter education on their new law to Romney bundlers and GOP operatives does not mean that the civic groups or churches or volunteer lawyers or political campaigns are now responsible for proper election administration in Pennsylvania. Refusing to do your job doesn’t mean someone else is responsible for doing it.
If you are a Pennsylvania voter and you have a question on how to qualify to vote under Governor Corbett’s new law, call this number and ask:
For more information on Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, visit
or call 1-877-VotesPA (1-877-868-3772)
I called yesterday and tested the phone number out with a hypothetical question on “address mismatch”, which is the most common problem voters run into when Republicans change voting laws and fail to inform voters of the changes. We saw that in Ohio, where both voters and poll workers were completely confused on what to do when the address on a registration and the address on the newly required ID didn’t match.
Provisional ballots were never intended to be used to create two classes of voters, those with driver’s licenses and those without driver’s licenses, or those who own property so move less frequently and those who rent, so move more frequently. We have just one class of voters in the U.S. A provisional ballot is a last resort, not a special, lesser ballot to be distributed to whole groups of “provisional” people.
Call and ask if you have any doubt whether your ID and your particular situation qualifies you for a first class ballot. If it doesn’t, ask how you can remedy the problem that Governor Corbett and his political appointees created. Force Governor Corbett and his political appointees to do the job they’re paid to do.