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Letter to the Editor: Unhappy With Voter ID Law

Lansdale Borough Councilman Jack Hansen takes issue with newly-signed Voter ID law

Governor Corbett signed into law the Voter Suppression and Intimidation Law.  He announced that he would sign it as soon as it passed the legislature.  When it passed, it was rushed to his desk and he signed it without regard for the people he is supposed to represent.

With this law he has successfully turned back the hands of time.  Remember Women’s Suffrage, where women were denied their right to vote because of their gender.  Remember President John F. Kennedy, along with Reverend Martin Luther King, fighting for equal rights for all.  This included the right for all to vote in every state in the union.

I have spoken with many about this suppression of voting rights.  The only excuse I have heard is we need a photo ID to buy alcohol, and a photo on our driver’s license to drive a car. We have to remember that buying alcohol is a privilege. Driving a car is a privilege. Voting is a right!

This legislation requires every voter to show photo ID before they vote.  My own mother voted in every election from 1935 on for the rest of her life.  With this legislation she would not have been able to vote after she gave up her driver’s license.  This is not fair!  We have young people who either do not drive or live where they do not need a car.  They will not be able to exercise their right to vote!  We have handicapped individuals who do not have photo ID.  They will not be able to exercise their right to vote! We cannot exclude all of these people from the voter rolls, because of something that is out of their control.

Our Governor and our state legislators--both our state senators, and our state representatives--who voted for this legislation to take away our rights as citizens need to hear from all of us. They did something that is wrong and they know it!

In other countries in the world, people stand in line for hours, and sometimes even for days to cast a vote.  Some of these people are under threat of death, and yet 98-percent of them exercise their right to vote.

I have worked the polls on Election Day for 25 years.  I feel it is my duty as an American--not only to vote--but also to help my fellow American’s to exercise there right to vote.  Here in this wonderful country of ours we are free to speak our minds without fear, and yet on a good election day we can normally only expect about 30% of the registered voters to vote.  That is not all the eligible voters, only those who have registered to vote.

With this Voter Suppression and Intimidation Law, that number will reduce significantly!

Many people live in fear of their government. That is not how it is supposed to be.

We have government of the people, for the people, and by the people.

Elected officials are your friends and neighbors.  Once you get out of the local arena, you may not know these people personally, but they are good people just like you and I.  County officials, state senators and representatives, US Congress, US Senate, and yes, even the President.  They have all started in the same place, regular citizens wanting to help their fellow Americans. Sometimes they lose their way and cast votes without thinking about the rest of us.  That is when it is our job to lead them back on track.

This Voter Suppression and Intimidation Law is one of those times.  We have to tell Gov Corbett, our state representatives, and senators that we want our rights protected.

We want the Voter Suppression and Intimidation Law repealed.

Jack Hansen

Borough Councilman, Lansdale, PA

Jayne Gerani March 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Why can't they get an ID card? You don't need a driver's license to have an ID card. Why is this even an issue?
Jayne Gerani March 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Btw....not once have I voted and didn't HAVE to show ID.
ullneverfindme March 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I personally have a brother that is handicapped (mentally & physically) and he has a state issued id. In my opinion anyone that is interested enough to want to vote, responsible enough to be a productive member of society and a LEGAL citizen will do what it takes to make their vote count if that;s their interest and concern. While I understand your position that many people are handicapped and can't get to a government facility to get a state issued id then how will they get to the polls? They are equally important.
John Strader March 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
This is an issue because there will be someone in Pennsylvania who will not vote this year because of Voter ID. They may not even go to the poll becaue of their interpretation of this law. We also are spending millions on a non exisistent problem. When press to tell of voter inpersonation fraud, there are very few cases, not worth the millions being spent. The money need to be spent on increasing voter turn out. VERY BAD LAW, sounds good to all of us who have ID.
Janet Miner March 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It is not difficult to obtain a photo ID. This is just another law to control the people. A government of the people, by the people, for the people? Who are you kidding. It hasn't been like that for decades. Guess what ... rich man wins still.
Laura Smith March 21, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I would love to know from Mr. Hansen how this bill intimidates. The education will be out there so that the vast majority knows to bring ID with them. That's a guarantee. If you don't have ID, you can always vote absentee using the last 4 digits of your social security number. As for rights versus privilege, well, my second amendment right is to bear arms. And in order to do so, I must provide ID. One more Democratic argument negated.
Gloria March 21, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I just don't understand why everyone is making this such an issue! I just got a new cell phone and had to show a photo ID. I went to the social security office and had to show a photo ID, not to mention banks, etc. If someone is interested enough to want to vote, it's not difficult to get a photo ID. Even students have photo ID. They don't have to have a driver's license.
StGabes March 21, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The elected officials are NOT working for us as in "We the People" They have their own Agenda they're working toward. Like making their pockets fat, One world Government, Agenda 21. Ect. They are doing everything in their power to destroy our Republic. Wake up America!!! Good at least all the illegal immigrates and dead people won't be able to re-elect the Present Commie in Chief.... We are losing our liberties on a daily basis, just check out his latest Executive Order he just signed. http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-executive-order-imposes-martial-law-on-united-states/ Wake up people!!!! It's not going to get any better!!!! I could be here all day listing reasons why not to vote for this trader.... Our Republic is in deep shit....
The Marron Family March 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
What? Our daughter was just discusing this with us. They reviewed this in her Goverment Class. She is at the age that she can register to vote. She is learning as much as she can to make a conscience decision about issues and candidates. My Mother was from the era, she did not ever have a Drivers Licience. She and her friends took the train from Ambler into Philadelphia to work. She voted until she was 86. Either in person or mail in. She was raised to vote. Our children are well informed about these issues in school. IF, they chose not to drive right away, but would like to exercize their right to vote...What is Tom Corbett thinking?!!! Tough to explain this one to students!
Good neighbor March 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Change happens Mr. Hansen. Get with the program. Photo ID's are not the end of the earth and should be used to prevent illegals from voting, period.
John Strader March 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
This is about the right to vote in our country. At leaset one person will not vote because of this law. Is this okay? I really don't think this is what any of us want. We do not have a voter fraud problem in PA. Our problem in PA is voter turnout. Increase voter turnout with the millions we are spending to fix a problem that does not exist.
I. B. March 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
What is the reason the law was passed? Is it specifically and only to prevent illegals from voting? Anything else? Please discuss. Also, can someone leave a website or contact information for those people who need to obtain a form of photo ID other than a drivers license. Empowerment is accomplished by information. Futhermore, What is the use of a voter's registration card, then. Is it now rendered useless?
ullneverfindme March 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
MarrOn Family it's not hard to explain. They can get a state issued ID if they are not ready to drive but are ready to vote. Simple :0)
ullneverfindme March 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
John strader - If they didn't come out to vote b4 why would this have any bearing in the now. People with passion about government in this country don't miss this right for anything.
Gene R March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Mr Hansen, any person that is eligible to vote has easy means to get a photo ID. There is too much fraud within our system and this will help to eliminate some of it, or are you against any way of making sure that each vote is cast by that person because you yourself is using fraud? I sure hope not. Your comments and lack of reasonable thought of the issues only solidifies why I can not stand the Hippocratic that goes on during your council meetings.
Laura Smith March 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Here is a link for a very enlightening article in today's Inquirer. Many on the left say this legislation will disenfranchise. The article shows just the opposite---how empowered the already disenfranchised feel by having an ID. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/monica_yant_kinney/20120321_Monica_Yant_Kinney__Voter_ID_law_shines_light_on_a_need_of_many.html If you need assistance in obtaining an ID, please contact your State Representative's office. They will gladly help you.
Adrian Reast March 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Where was Hanson when the Black Panthers were refusing to allow whites to vote in Philadelphia.? I guess they are getting worried that all the thousands of bogus votes cast for the Democrats by party activists may be nullified with this long overdue voting reform
Paul Daniels March 22, 2012 at 02:55 AM
What unmitigated drivel! We are required to produce photo IDs in order to transact business far less important than helping to determine the destiny of our nation, states, and communities. It is hardly an unreasonable burden to expect American citizens who wish to exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed franchises to expend the minimal responsibility and effort requisite to obtain photo IDs. What we are hearing is a loud whine of protest from the political party for which vote fraud is standard modus operandi: the Dumbocrat Party. "Voters" who are ineligible or--better yet--deceased may no longer be able to undermine the franchises of legitimate voters by casting fraudulent ballots if photo ID laws are enacted and enforced.
Leif Fearn March 22, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Years past, anyone of age had the opportunity to learn to read, so literacy test is not discriminatory. Years past that, anyone who works hard can buy land, so being a landowner to vote is not discriminatory. Years close at hand, anyone can get registered, so voter registration drives are from outside agitators, or worse, democrats. People who vote have always had reasons why others ought not. Really folks, this is not about voting; it is about the traditional "I've got mine" dynamic. This,too, shall pass. But to the guy whose right to bear arms he thinks is being compromised in the most widely armed country in the industrialized world, he's right about the right, assuming he's part of a militia. Leif Fearn
Dave Citro March 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This is actually in response to I. B. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/driverlicensephotoidcenter/obtainingphotoid.shtml It's the first thing that comes up when you google "Pennsylvania id"
John Strader March 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I agree with you. I think you are on the "real" problem, voter turnout! We are spending millions on a problem that does not exist. They had record turnout for voting in the Alabama and Mississippi, the percent who turnouted out was 35%.. Pa on off year elections can go as low as 20%.. People need to vote, get the turnout up to 90%, then worry about voter fraud. There is no voter impersonation in PA.
John Strader March 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Gene, there is NO voter impersonation fraud in PA. Voter ID will only address impersonation. We are spending millions on the political fears, not voter fraud.
John Strader March 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Voter ID is working to help those who need the help the most, I agreee. However, the real problem is voter turnout, not voter fraud. There is NO voter impersonation in PA, the penalty for this is to great.
John Strader March 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There is NO voter impersonation fraud in PA. We can go back years the the boggie men of the past to scare the folk of today. However, the facts are we have a voter turnout problem, not a voter fraud problem. The penalty for voter impersonation is too great. A felony offense!
Jeannette McGinley March 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
It's not as simple as some people think. To obtain a new photo ID you have to have a previous photo ID. If that is not available you need a birth certificate http://www.portal.state.pa.us/ for the photo card. http://www.ssa.gov/online/ If the SSI is too old to read or you no longer have one you still have to get a birth certificate. To get a birth certificate you need photo Id or two documents verifying your current address. http://www.portal.state.pa.us/ or a SSI. When we speak about how easy this is for seniors we tend to forget change is a struggle as we age. Elderly people especially women don’t drive. They go to the same stores, have the same routines and were here before us. They see change continually; look at the last fifty years. Yes it is possible to get most of the seniors redirected but the trust issues seniors feel can prevent the voter change. We are losing our rights. This is not the beginning and this is not the end. Maybe one day the light bulb will turn on and we will see why we are being kept in the dark.
The Voice March 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
This law has passed in many States that have Republican Governors. The reason is simple. Many Democrats they figured don't have proper Id and therefore won't be able to vote. The one here in Pennsylvania really isn't that bad as say Texas where even a Student Picture Id isn't acceptable, but a gun permit without a photo is acceptable. To all who claim Obama is taking away are rights are sadly mistaking. It's Republican Governors that are taking away the rights of their Constituents. They have attacked Unions and now are attacking Women and there rights to Birth Control.

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