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What Marple Newtown Politicians Are Saying About Voter ID

Local politicians weigh in about the ruling to allow the Voter ID law to remain intact.

Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court has upheld a ruling that will allow the Voter ID law to remain intact.

The law requires people to produce ID at the polls, and some have fretted that it will make turnout lower for people who don't have the proper identification.

Politicians reacted in a variety of ways to the turnout. Here's what they had to say:

Leonard Altieri III, second vice chair of the Newtown Township Republican Committee, shared he was in favor of the decision.

"I am pleased with the Commonwealth Courts ruling this morning on upholding the Voter ID Law. Despite what opponents of this law say, the basic purpose of this reform is to ensure that everyone’s vote is protected and the Commonwealth Court obviously agrees," said Altieri. "Plain and simple, this is a great day for preserving and protecting democracy in Pennsylvania.”

On the opposite end, Tony Campisi, chairman of the Marple Newtown Democratic Committe, shared his thoughts on the ruling.

"I think it is unfortunate that the judge did not issue an injunction against the law. Even if the law serves a legitimate purpose, and I don't believe that it does, the state is clearly not able to handle a fair and effective implementation of the law prior to the November 6 election," said Campisi.

He continued, "Having said that, there is overwhelming evidence that the voter ID law was adopted not to solve the non-existent problem of voter impersonation. It was passed to suppress votes and help Republicans win elections, pure and simple. Those who voted for the bill are literally standing in the polling place door preventing legitimate voters from exercising their Constitutional rights. But this is also not the final word. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will have the final word and the voters of Pennsylvania will anxiously await their decision."

Greg Stickley August 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
What idiot does not have ID? Only the dems seem to have a problem with it. I wonder why?
WakeUpDems August 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
What idiot? Elderly people who live in cities and don't drive, that's who. Which makes them more likely to be black and living in Philly. Which makes them more likely to be Democrat. Which is why the Repubs did this in the first place. I never thought I'd live to see the day when one party so unabashedly tried to prevent the other from voting. I can't believe this is happening again.
JenS August 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
In regards to Seniors - the Social Security Administration requires valid ID to sign up for Social Security - http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10002.html#a0=0. I believe this is the same information required now for voting. Not sure what your complaint is, the state is willing to help anyone who needs to get an ID, so there should be no problems. Dems have become very defensive about this subject and it makes me wonder....why get so defensive unless you've got something to be defensive about?
Regina S August 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Spoken like an uneducated republican. It makes me wonder who taught you how to speak english. "you've" got? If this is the republican party in Marple Newtown, God help us.
JenS August 17, 2012 at 02:01 AM
With all due respect Reggie.....it's based off a quote from a movie.....

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