Drucker Calls Voter ID Decision 'Disappointing'

The 157th District challenger pointed voters without identification to his helpline.

Paul Drucker, the Democratic challenger for the 157th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, expressed frustration Wednesday morning with the to let the controversial voter ID law stand.

In a written statement released by the campaign, Drucker reiterated his opposition to the law and emphasized the voter ID helpline he created last month will be available to help get 157th District residents the necessary identification to cast a ballot in November.

"I am disappointed by the court's decision, but this only strengthens my resolve to help the voters in my district get the valid ID they need to vote in November. My campaign is in the process of reaching out to voters whom we believe may not have valid ID, and my voter ID helpline, 1-484-629-VOTE, is open. I encourage any voter with questions about the voter ID law, or who needs assistance to get valid photo ID to call the helpline so we can assist them. I am committed to making sure that this new law does not disenfranchise the voters of the 157th," Drucker wrote.

While the office of incumbent Warren Kampf (R-157) declined to comment, state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement saying, in part, "I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court recognized this law for what it is—commonsense reform to ensure that every voter and every vote is protected."

The NAACP, one of the organizations who, along with the ACLU, brought the challenge to the law, vowed to appeal the ruling. National president Benjamin Todd Jealous issued a statement saying, "This law, like other state laws enacted across the U.S., has the potential to suppress thousands of votes in the Commonwealth during this election. The NAACP, in conjunction with its state conferences, will continue to combat these efforts on the ground and mobilize voters. We will have to fight for our right to vote again."

Diane Fusco August 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The law is going into effect for this fall's election. For further details see Legal Intelligencer. "PA's voter ID law was upheld today at the preliminary injunction stage because a state judge said the law will be implemented by PA's government in a "non-partisan, even-handed manner." Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson denied petitioners' application for preliminary injunction. Simpson pointed out voters could bring constitutional challenges to the law as the law applies to them in the future. "Petitioners did not establish … that disenfranchisement was immediate or inevitable," Simpson said. "On the contrary, more credible evidence on issue was offered through commonwealth witnesses." Petitioners argued law violated state constitution, requiring elections be free + equal by not unduly burdening the fundamental right to vote. Argued right to vote was burdened because law doesn't apply equally to all voters in same circumstances + the law imposes an additional qualification on right to vote that also violates the state constitution. Simpson said "petitioners' counsel did excellent job of 'putting a face' to those burdened by the voter ID requirement. At the end of the day, however, I do not have the luxury of deciding issue based on my sympathy for the witnesses or my esteem for counsel. Rather, I must analyze the law, and apply to evidence of facial unconstitutionality brought forth in the courtroom, tested by our adversarial system."
thomas henry August 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM
i'm sure paul drucker's motive is to help people vote. all he wants is to get elected. if he weren't running he'd be suing people for a living and he wouldn't care whether you could vote or not. who can stand this guy.
Interested Observer August 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Paul Drucker's "helpline" and his call for donations all lead directly to one place: his own reelection campaign. Any donations made on his website are for his campaign, not a noble effort at changing voter ID. This is simply more lies from Paul Drucker all aimed at getting him back the taxpayer paid job, benefits and pension he lost in 2010.
LarryLinn August 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
So the Amish in Pennsylvania no longer have the right to vote!
Thought August 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
HaHa! Limousine Liberal Drucker doesn't Represent Tredyffrin. The truth revealed!
Diane Fusco August 15, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Let's just roll up our sleeves and do what we need to do; we are all in this together. If you know of family or friends having difficulty being compliant with new standards reach and offer a hand.
freeandequalpa August 16, 2012 at 01:57 PM
For anyone interested in a detailed summary of the Court's opinion: http://freeandequalpa.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/petitioners-request-to-enjoin-enforcement-of-photo-id-law-denied/


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