Just in time for the general election in November 2012, Pennsylvania is now the 16th state that will require voters to show some form of photo ID at the voting place—state driver license; other government issued photo ID such as passport, military ID, government employee ID; or college student ID. These ID must be current and have expiration date.
The opponents of such voter photo ID laws claim these laws are purely attempt to suppress turnout among college students, minorities, and the poor. They argue that voters who lean to voting for Democrats are usually most unlikely to have photo ID.
Pennsylvania Governor Corbette said that any voters who don’t have photo ID can get one, free of charge, at any PA Department of Transportation driver license center, providing that they have valid documents like a birth certificate. I guess Mr. Barack Obama will not be able to move to Pennsylvania when he is retired in January 2013 if he wants to vote afterward—since he does not have a birth certificate!
I believe the main purpose of these laws is to prevent voter fraud when dead person remains on the state’s official list of registered voters—and anyone who happens to know people who have left town or died can vote for them. In addition to “dead voter” fraud, the photo ID laws will also prevent the fraudulent voter registration. In 2008, thousands of bogus voters were registered by ACORN—among the known cases: 5000 voters in Lake County (Indiana). It turned out that ACORN was paid $800,000 by then Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama to register voters for the 2008 primaries. How many unknown cases were there? What effects did these fraudulent voter registrations have in the Democrat 2008 Presidential primaries? No one knew. What effects did these fraudulent voter registrations have in the 2008 General Election? No one knew.
- States with strict photo ID law: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin
- Photo ID or alternative: Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, South Dakota
- Non-photo ID: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington. South Carolina and Texas are waiting for approval from the Justice Department to have strict photo ID law.
I believe it’s only fair and right to have voter photo ID law.