Remember the first time you voted and had to show your ID? There’s new legislation requiring voters to remember to bring proper ID at every election. The state Senate and Assembly passed House Bill 1318 on party-line votesâ€“ with Republicans in favor of cracking down on teens who haven’t gotten drivers’ licenses, little old ladies with wallets left at home on their dressers, renters and low-income folks who don’t get utilities bills; and with Democrats willing to let just any ol’ registered voter actually cast a ballot.
The legislation, if signed by Gov. Ed Rendell, will make for longer, slower lines at the polls. Expect angry scenes as voters, accustomed to the current convenience of the matching-signature rule, get turned away due to the new technicalities. Y’know, voting’s becoming too much of a hassle. I’m gonna just stay home. Tuesday nights … American Idol’s on at 8.
State Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia is a vocal critic of the bill, for both the damage it will do as well as the needed electoral reforms is fails to address. She says,
I am working on real problems that have occurred in recent elections: unworkable statutory deadlines which led to military ballots being received too late to be counted; long lines at polling places; widespread intimidation of minority voters; coordinated efforts to mislead voters as to the date of the election or the location of polling places, and phony voter registration drives where registrations of one party were discarded.