Website: Voter ID Law is Voter Suppression

Electedface.com takes stances on many issues.

“Public policy can be influenced by people if enough people share their voices.”

So says Patrick Shane, a former Wayne resident and director or research for Electedface.com, a Web site that takes positions on trending topics and creates petitions for citizen participation.

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law, which is currently being challenged in the state’s Supreme Court, “is voter suppression at its finest,” Shane told Radnor Patch.

The concept of the Web site, which takes positions on everything from the “Stop and Frisk” law to the new Farm Act, is to “unite voices to make opinions on public policy and pending legislation,” he said.

Signed online petitions get sent to legislators when they reach a large number, Shane said.

The site was created by Richard Glanton, an attorney, businessman and former president of the Barnes Foundation.

If you register on the site you are directly linked to your elected officials, from town officials to the President. Shane said the site is non-partisan.

“A lot of people don’t realize the elected officials work for us…they’re public servants. We vote for them and we pay them,” Shane said. “We put a face on ‘We the people’ for the elected officials.”

I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out September 09, 2012 at 11:41 AM
That 'non-partisan' website is clearly partisan.
John Child September 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
The provisions built into the PA LAW are so accommodating to the minuscule number of people who don't have photo ID that it's completely bogus to say that this law smacks of voter suppression -- it's outrageous. You needed ID to buy a T-Shirt at the Democrat Convention last week ... you need photo ID just to see an apartment in an apartment complex ... you need photo ID to cash a two-dollar check at the supermarket ... you need photo ID to get a Rewards+ Card at the Superfresh for crying out loud... bogus BOGUS bogus!
H. Thomson September 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Why run this clearly biased article in what is basically an editorial piece about this issue? This is not a newsworthy piece but is an editorial piece using information from a very clearly liberal website. There are two sides to this issue and both should be represented or you should not call this news. This kind of thing belongs under the "opinion" category.
Susan Michaelson September 09, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The website may or may not be partisan. The headline for this story, however, is. In fact, the website poses the question "Is Voter ID Voter Suppression?". The headline makes the statement "Voter ID Law Is Voter Suppression." But as long as the question is on the table, here's my answer: only to the extent that the government's requiring ID of airline passengers is traveler suppression; its requiring passports is immigration suppression; and its requiring employers to collect social security numbers is job-seeker suppression. The intent of this law is to stop the very real problem of voter fraud. "Voter suppression" is a red herring.
Xpect Moor September 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I'm with you Charlie. In an unusual and surprising turn of events, even the DMV has become understanding, flexible and compassionate in giving IDs to people based on their individual circumstances instead of following strict beauracratic rules that don't take the person into consideration. Quite a leap forward! Maybe he should be researching the acoustics at the DNC and why the chair thought he heard a 2/3 majority vote to modify the platform. Every vote counts? And I'm sure he has some experience with the government disregarding Mr. Barnes' wishes -- his vote didn't count. Hopefully he's still chasing that one down. Fighting a process that adds integrity to our system... Hmmmm.... I'm failing to see the downside of that one!
Skip Shuda September 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Headline is partisan - agreed This piece should have a counter-perspective to be in "news" section - agreed That there is a "very real problem of voter fraud" - DISAGREE. All the evidence I've heard is that Voter ID Fraud is NOT a problem (based on studies of voter fraud in the US) - and, therefore, the timing of this law (just before a critical election) makes it very suspect.
Sam Strike (Editor) September 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The headline makes the statement that this web site's creators believe that Voter ID equals suppression. When a colon is used in the headline it means that whatever comes in front of it is making the statement. The colon is used often to keep headlines as short as possible.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out September 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Skip.....The Supreme Court of the USA has already ruled that it is Constitutional to require a photo i.d. in order to vote. Interesting that there has never been a challenge to the Supreme Court regarding laws requiring the populace to take a written test and road test in order to get a drivers license, clearly driving 'supression'....yet no law exists today requiring voters to pass a written test proving that they know the process to determine whom to vote for :) Here's a write-up on the USA Supreme Court decision: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_v._Marion_County_Election_Board By the way, would be interesting if you could find a non-partisan study on voter fraud.
John Dallas Bowers September 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Excellent way to illustrate your point, Susan. Even more damaging than simply being a red herring, I think the organized opposition to voter ID serves two cynical purposes: it further stokes class and racial division in our country -- a mendacious political fugue favored by the Left -- and it distracts many voters from what should be their central considerations in choosing a president: his record and his plans for the future. A postscript to Sam: While I agree the headline can be defended grammatically, I think the wording makes it seem more like a statement of fact rather than the representation of one website that may or may not be partisan. My recommendation? "Website avers voter ID = voter suppression" This clearly identifies the statement as an opinion promulgated by that group, and -- bonus -- it does it in the same number of characters. Problem solved! You're welcome. :-D
Linda G September 09, 2012 at 10:55 PM
You need id to buy cigarettes, alcholol, take a flight, and get into the DNC convention, just to name a few... The dems just want illegal votes...WAKE UP AMERICA! Don't believe the spin!!!
Chris Rubbo September 09, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Nonsense. It sounds like something Acorn would say. And we know how fair and honest they were.
Adrian Seltzer September 11, 2012 at 01:28 AM
It does make sense to have ID when you register to vote, but changing the game midstream for thousands of people who have voted Legally for years is not right. This law is the fraud, because it does nothing to stop fraud beyond the safeguards that were already in place. It does nothing about double voting, because your address doesn't have to be current, it does nothing about non citizens registered to vote because they too can get a license, you don't need picture ID to vote absentee etc So tell me, what does this law do besides disenfranchise voters? Please sign & share my petition to postpone the Voter ID law in PA Tell your story when you sign my petition. Share it with everyone you know. The more signatures the greater the impact.. We are over 3750 signers in less than 10 days. http://signon.org/sign/postpone-pa-voter-id
Adrian Seltzer September 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Many of the people without ID, are not without ID. They just do not have the specific ID necessary to vote. If you show a poll worker your veterans ID with your name and picture, and your name is the same in the voting registry, your signature matches and your birthday matches, why wouldn't the poll worker know it is you? Does an expiration date change who you are? NO. Same with a college id or any other photo id. This is the reality of the PA law, that it doesn't prevent any fraud that the safeguards that were in place wouldn't have caught. Don't believe me? Give me a scenario. Believe me, sign my petition to postpone the voter id law until after the election http://signon.org/sign/postpone-pa-voter-id
Adrian Seltzer September 11, 2012 at 01:34 AM
It was the same acoustics that allowed the change in the rules at the GOP convention. And says it is time for both parties to go.
Adrian Seltzer September 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Wake up LInda, voting is a right not a privilege. It is the basis of democracy. See my posts above. It is you that is believing the spin. Seniors from both parties are affected by this law. I've met them and helped them get ID. They don't fly or smoke and have an id that gets them through their day to day activities. It is the specificity of allowable IDs that are the problem. If you show a poll worker your veterans ID with your name and picture, and your name is the same in the voting registry, your signature matches, why wouldn't the poll worker know it is you? Does having an expiration date on that card change who you are? NO. The reality not the rhetoric.


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