Requirements forvoting are ridiculous
To the editor:
The outrage from the public at the inconvenience, cost and time made necessary by the ridiculous requirements for picture ID at the voting booth may take some time to remove Gov. Corbett and his legislative allies from office. But have no fear, it will be done. Rob Gleason to the contrary wrote (Letters, 9/13), there were no “real and important” reasons that motivated this sabotage of the voting process. It is embarrassing that Afghan and Iraqi elections have stronger turnout than even high-turnout elections involving the president and Congress. It is embarrassing that we spend so much money to get the public’s attention for such a vital function. It is embarrassing that our courts view the public’s effort to defend itself against a tidal wave of anonymous PAC money as free speech for corporate personalities that are them- selves legal fictions.
The initial implementation of a voter ID was little more than a northern state poll tax. In order to avoid successful prosecution for violation of the Voting Rights Act, the Pa. Department of State added its own voter-only ID: this still makes it necessary for voters without an official Department of Transportation picture ID to apply for and be photographed for an official Turzai portrait, but allows for any evil-intentioned “voter” to swear fraudulently that they could not obtain the necessary documentation to provide false evidence of residence and to claim insufficient income to pay for the card.
The Department of Transportation is simply not equipped to handle the volume or to investigate the veracity of affidavits and documents presented. In point of fact, the voter-only ID has made possible new levels of voter fraud, which were not even possible under the old signature-ID registration system.
Only last week, Cheltenham public schools went to court to convict parents of fraudulently claiming that they and their children were residents. It was only at great expense that such fraud was discovered, and it will be additional expense to prosecute. Voter ID was ill conceived from its inception, but its implementation by Harrisburg has made it a terrible practical joke on a public which has not been fooled at all.
Harrisburg will be spending millions of dollars on this voter ID white elephant that could have gone to making sure that adequate staffing was available to repair voting equipment that did not work, which might have made early voting available, which might have trimmed our embarrassment at the low turnout we inevitably will experience. Instead, it has wasted the public’s time on a problem it can barely prove has ever existed, while opening vast new vistas of voter fraud, to avoid federal civil rights prosecution. Ben Burrows