Skip to comments.Rendell vetoes voter identification bill
Posted on 02/20/2006 10:10:54 AM PST by hipaatwo
On Presidents' Day at the National Constitution Center, Gov. Rendell announced his veto of a bill that would have required all voters to show identification when they go to the polls.
Rendell said that the bill, which passed the legislature last week on largely parti-line votes, would have the effect of disenfranchising those without easy access to identification, including nursing-home residents, displaced families, the very poor and those without a driver's license.
In addition, he said that the identification requirement, which now applies only to people voting at a polling place for the first time, would slow the voting process on election days, likely causing some would-be voters who are pressed for time to leave without casting ballots.
The governor said the bill also might be unconstitutional.
Eileen Melvin, who chairs the state Republican Party, called the bill "incredibly responsible," citing other provisions that would enhance access to voting for the disabled and for military personnel serving overseas. As for the identification requirement, she noted that people now need to show identification to write a check, board an airplane, even to walk into an office building.
An override of the veto is highly unlikely, given the relatively narrow margins by which the bill passed the state House and Senate and the solid Democratic opposition to the bill.
Really worried about Swann's candidacy, aren't you, Fast Eddie?
The dead vote is still alive and well in Pa.
Paging Mr. Swann, Mr. Lynn Swann...
I hope Swann runs with this.
His main reason for the veto is because it would've eliminated the ability to cheat.
This doesn't surprise me. Philadelphia, Rendell's home town, is probably the most corrupt in the Nation since New Orleans isn't a player any longer.
Swann and every Pubbie in the state. But heck, if Fast Eddie doesn't care about voter fraud, I'd rather vote for PA's governor than anyone running for gov in my home state of NY. Would you have a prob with that, Fast Eddie?
There is obviously only one real reason to be opposed to having voters identify themselves, and that is to perpetuate voter fraud. If it is "unconstitutional" to require identification to vote, then so is any regulation that requires identification. The next time a policeman pulls you over for speeding, or a guard at a building asks for identification, be sure to quote Ed Rendell's position on ID. I'm sure it will carry a lot of weight.
This will keep the 110% voter turnout going that Phila had 1n Novemeber 2004.
No problem. Just tell them that you're poor and you left your driver's license with your displaced family at a nearby Pennsylvanian nursing home.
Lynn Swann contact number. I called and they really appreciated it.
Of course the real reason goes unsaid, it would stop the voting fraud that Democrats depend on.
Thanks, hipaatwo. I'll be moving back to PA later this summer, so with my wife, that's two incoming votes for Swannie. We even bring our own ID.
According to CNN, Bush lost Pennsylvania to Kerry by 121,818 votes (out of more than 5.6 million cast - a razor thin margin and even closer than "too close to call Ohio").
Also according to CNN, Kerry received over 517,000 votes and Bush received over 124,000 votes in Philadelphia (or a ratio of 4.16 for Kerry).
Now, for the really interesting numbers. According to the recent US Census, the Population of Philadelphia that is of voting age is 1,105,066. This number includes people who by law can not vote (non-American citizens, felons, out of state college students, etc.). In 2004, there are 1,035,395 registered voters in Philadelphia, up 34,000 from 2001.
So, what does this mean?
First, even as Philadelphia looses population, the number of registered voters continues to increase year after year. Today, in Philadelphia, nearly 100% of every person of voting age must registered to vote (as compared to a national average of 60% by the Census Bureau). Second, the total lopsidedness of the 4.16 ratio is an absolutely astounding number - even heavily democratic Broward Country, FL (one of the only places Gore wanted recounted in 2000) only went for Kerry 2:1 and Cook County, IL (Chicago - THE definition of the democrat voting machine) only went for Kerry 2.5:1.
Either Philadelphia has the most engaged and civic population in the history of the World, or there is massive voter fraud.
And the amount of fraud easily exceeds the margin of loss of President Bush. For instance, if the registration was slightly above average and if Philadelphia was just your "average-democrat-rustbelt-city-union-stronghold with a 50 year democrat political machine," the vote for Kerry in Philadelphia would have been just over 350,000. The voter fraud in Philadelphia is worth about 150,000 votes - a deficit that any Republican running for statewide office must overcome with real votes.
"including nursing-home residents"
Many of whom have Alzheimers or other dementia and Rendel knows he can get party apparatchiks to vote for them . He is a whore.
Your really moving back? Now you can have your WaWa again, cheesesteaks and soft pretzels again anytime you want. When I called I told them I want our next governor to hit Rendell with this. We have to show I.D. just to buy cigarettes.
That might be true but if these people cannot get out to get some form of ID then what makes you think they can get out to vote? These risks he mention are easy to mitigate and it is important to reduce the amount of fraud that takes place.
Rendell is a sad piece of crap.
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