Protect Every Pennsylvanian's Right To Vote!
Come to Harrisburg on Feb. 1st and Voice Your Opposition to H.B. 1318
House Bill 1318 would require all Pennsylvanian's to present ID every time they vote instead of the current law which only requires this for first time voters.
This bill would disenfranchise an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 voters who do not have any ID including senior citizens and the poor.
If you forget your ID, your vote will not be counted until you present your ID to election officials.
The National Commission on Election Reform found that there is NO evidence that the fraud which voter ID REQUIREMENTS SEEK to address is even prevalent in the U.S.
House Bill 1318 if amended, would remove the right to vote from felons released from prison who are still on probation or parole.
Current Pennsylvania law allows individuals who have been convicted of felonies to vote while they are on probation or parole. In fact, in some states voting is considered such a basic American right that a person can not lose the right to vote even while in prison.
Disenfranchisement would affect thousands of Pennsylvanians and selectively impact African-American and Latino men.
Criminologists agree that the most successfully rehabilitated former prisoners are those who rekindle their sense of civic responsibility and become active, productive members of their community.
Join us in Harrisburg on February 1st and tell your Legislator to VOTE NO ON HB 1318!
Buses leave Wednesday 2/1/06 from: The Hill House, 1835 Centre Ave in the Hill District @ 5:30am & Allegheny County ACORN, 5907 Penn Ave. in East Liberty @ 6am
Buses return Wednesday 2/1/06 at 10pm
For more info contact: Western PA Voter Coalition (see comments for more info)
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Running Mates -- who wants to go to Harrisburg
Here is a nice call to action from the league of young voters. I went to their meeting, for a bit, last night at the Union Project.