Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch readers were solicited on our Facebook page to opine on the Pennsylvania Voter ID ruling on Tuesday.
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Here's what they had to say:
- Sharon Fiume Sholette: Doesn't bother me, I have a driver's license. I got my son an ID when he turned 16 and didn't want to drive yet. I don't see why people are fighting it; I have to show it when I get tests done at the hospital or the doctor's office, and when I pick up orders at stores.
- Pamela Rasmussen: I have no problem with the law — I don't want someone else to "be me" and take my vote and I want my vote to count. Today I heard someone say, "They take IDs when you use a credit card." What's the big deal when asked to show one when you vote?
- Tom Charlton Jr.: It's all bull! If this was a problem, it would have come up at an previous election before a presidential election year.
- Vincent Coleman Jr.: While I agree that everyone should show a valid ID in order to vote, I don't think there is enough time for everyone to get a proper ID. In the future, I believe this should be a requirement.
- Joseph Schroeder: How can these adults function in life without ID?
- Matt Peters: Any law that makes it harder for people to vote is a bad law. I'm glad they overturned this thinly veiled effort at disenfranchising people.
- Jennifer Liss Diffley Tom: These laws have been passed nationwide since 2007. I don't get why people didn't see it coming. The state has done backflips to make it easy and not cost-prohibitive to get ID. I have been showing my ID for years at the polls. I need ID to get my allergy medication, to visit the doctor, to use my credit card and to renew my library card. I think this judge sold out because it was the easy path and because people are crying discrimination. I think it's a slap in the face to our founding fathers who fought so hard for this right. Oh ... and for those of you who claim it is a right to vote, our Constitution states that no one can be discriminated against because of race nor gender. It does not say that you will never be required to prove you are who you say you are. In fact, that's why signatures began to be required, and that's where the phrase "make your mark" came from — those people who were illiterate still had to sign and prove themselves as land owners.
- Rebecca Kay: The problem is, IDs are not free. If you are going to require ID to vote, then you better have widespread free means to get ID.
- Charlynne Murphy: Just wonder what took them so long.
- Kristine Garrett-McKeever: Maybe the id is free, but the transportation is not. If they want to change the law, by all means give people time to get the darn ID cards. And for those who cannot travel, they should have volunteers provide transportation. We should never live in a free society who make it difficult to vote. Voting should be easy and it should not be a complicated or expensive process that many cannot do what it takes to vote.
- Joanne McKenny Chendorain: It's easy to get an ID and if you are that worried about voting ... Get one. Easy enough.