I want to take issue with the gentleman who said last week (in his letter to the editor) that he couldn't understand why voters without ID's can go to the polls on election day but not go to the places where they could obtain identification.
One reason for not going to get a photo ID may be that many people, especially the poor, simply don't know they need one; they have never had to do so before. One can't take for granted that everyone else reads the papers or watches TV. Or goes to a bar or pub to discuss current events.
Another reason, I would surmise, is that many people know about voter ID's but don't believe they have the necessary documentation to acquire one; and so they won't being going to the polls at all on election day.
A third reason is that voter ID locations may not be in their neighborhoods, as polling places are. If you are living on a tight budget and/or you are physically handicapped a trip to the ID office presents a formidable obstacle. Better to go to the neighborhood voting locations and take your chances the officials will allow you to vote as they always have, if you're registered, until now.
The real issue, of course, is why photo ID's have become a necessity. To my knowledge, there has been no evidence in the voting history of Pennsylvania of voter fraud, widespread or miniscule. Could this new law be an attempt by one political party to discourage voters who are likely to support the opposing party?
It's not rocket science to assume that people without official voter ID's are struggling economically and, therefore, would be likely to vote for the political party that tends to support their interests.
If you want the GOP to win elections you can't have economically compromised whites and racial minority groups voting.
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