Pennsylvanians Launch Statewide Campaign Against Voter ID Law
More than 13,000 people have signed a petition calling for elections officials to 'say no' to enforcing the state's voter ID law.
Pennsylvania residents are merging their efforts on SignOn.org to launch a statewide petition calling on local election officials and Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele not to enforce the new voter ID law this November.
Nine individual county grassroots leaders launched petitions on SignOn.org after the state Legislature passed the law.
On Thursday, concerned Pennsylvanians will lead rallies and petition deliveries of more than 13,000 signatures in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to hear the case.
Last month, Allegheny county resident and middle school teacher Steven Singer started a SignOn.org petition asking the local elections manager not to enforce the new voter ID law in his county.
More than 4,000 Pennsylvanians supported the effort.
Similar petitions then started in eight additional Pennsylvania counties, and the petition has since been expanded statewide.
“The people of Pennsylvania will not stand idly by as certain politicians attempt to disenfranchise citizens because they aren’t likely to agree with them,” said Singer. “The reasons for not having ID are too many, and the cases of voter fraud too few, to justify blocking voters from casting their ballots, particularly in an election as close and as crucial as this year’s.”
The new law, which supporters said is intended to prevent voter fraud, mandates that each voter present a valid photo ID at the polls—a stipulation that petition organizers say will "ultimately prevent the poor, the elderly, and people of color in Pennsylvania from voting."
"These demographic groups typically lean Democratic and State Rep. Mike Turzai went so far as to admit that the voter ID law would 'allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania,'” petition organizers said in a release.
This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear the appeal calling for the law to be overturned.
Editor's Note: The individual county petitions may be found here: