Just a friendly reminder ….

Women's Party Flag (Suffragist Movement)

Women's Party Flag (Suffragist Movement) (Photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography)

Tomorrow is Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and for folks in Pennsylvania, it is the day of the primary election.  I was watching a movie called, “Iron Jawed Angels” and I think that Alice Paul made a lot of sense at one point when asked who she felt women should vote for if they got the vote.  Alice’s response was something to the effect of  ‘They can vote for whoever they want, I’m only interested in whether they have the right to vote not what they do with the vote once they have it’  I don’t recall the exact wording of that response, but that seems to be very close to what I recall so it’s not an exact quote, but rather a paraphrase.  There are still battles raging with regards to the ability to vote.  the new voter id bill is one such battle.  There are those who feel it’s “no big deal” to require photo ID to vote, while others point out that there are people who won’t be able to vote because of an inability to get an id because of cost or inability to get to the licensing center to get an id.   So, while I do have an id, I do know there are folks out there who don’t have one, and will be unable to have their vote count.  Fortunately in the primary this year they will probably be asking for id, but will be enforcing the id rules that have been in place prior to the voter id bill.  first time voters will need to show id, but anyone else will not be required.  there is speculation that there will be information handed out to voters explaining the new law to help prepare folks for the November election when the voter id law will be in full effect.

So, I’m asking that folks reading this get out and vote tomorrow, regardless of who you vote for, you will be able to say your voice counted.  I would also ask that if you know someone who may not have a photo id, that you talk to them and if they don’t have one, consider helping them through the process of getting one so they don’t lose the ability to vote.  This could be a shut-in, someone in a personal care home or nursing home, it could be someone you know who is low-income, could be the 18-year-old who doesn’t drive yet and hasn’t enrolled in college.  if you want to learn more about the voter id requirements, visit ….  http://www.votespa.com

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