An e-mail from Daily Kos Campaign Manager, Chris Bowers announces ‘big news’ regarding voter ID laws in Pennsylvania. Bowers explains:
A huge coalition of 100+ labor and civil rights groups has come together to do the door knocking, phone banking and voter education necessary to make sure everyone in this must-win swing state can still cast a ballot.
At Daily Kos, we’re helping out by running online ads in Pennsylvania to sign up more than 1,000 volunteers so that this coalition has the people power it needs. Please, click here to contribute $3 to Daily Kos so that we can sign up the thousands of volunteers needed to overcome Pennsylvania’s voter ID law.
First off, if you live in Pennsylvania, please put your money back in your pocket. Instead of attempting to ‘overcome’ a law, put forth the effort to actually follow said law.
Second, why not sign up an army of volunteers to assist the citizens of Pennsylvania in obtaining their photo ID, as opposed to fighting a law that requires it?
Third, instead of donating $3 to the Daily Kos to fight an alleged effort at voter suppression, I’d like to offer better advice on how to fight that suppression … and it’s free.
Here it is – head down to your local DMV in Pennsylvania and obtain your very own photo ID for voting purposes. It is of no cost to you, and the turnaround time for obtaining such ID is estimated at 10 days. This gives one plenty of time to receive their ID to use legally in the November elections.
Voila! No more suppression. (If you still fill the need to donate, please consider a contribution to the Mental Recession as a show of appreciation for such sound advice).
The entire process is outlined on the PennDOT DMV website, which concludes with the following statement:
“… to receive your free photo ID for voting purposes. This verification process will take about ten days and does not require the payment of a fee.”
Claiming that a law requiring a person to prove the legality of their vote is voter suppression, is akin to calling laws against bank robbery a form of financial suppression.
The folks over at the Daily Kos and other liberals in general have long complained that the concept of a voter ID law would disenfranchise the poor. For example, this entry cites statements from an advocacy group that claim the Pennsylvania voter ID law hearkens back to the ‘Jim Crow’ era, and would ‘keep the working poor … away from the polls’.
What better way to come to the rescue of the working poor than by asking them for money, as opposed to showing voters how to comply with the law for free?