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Teacher's Petition Asks Pennsylvanians to Reject Voter ID Law

The petition has already garnered more than 2,000 signatures.

More than 2,000 people have already signed a petition created by an area teacher urging Allegheny County's elections manager not enforce the new statewide voter ID law.

mandates that each voter present a valid photo ID on election day at the polls, a stipulation that opponents have said will ultimately prevent the poor, the elderly, and people of color in Pennsylvania from voting.

"These demographic groups typically lean Democratic and local state Rep. Mike Turzai,R-Allegheny County, " petition organizer Steven Singer said in a statement. "The law is purportedly intended to prevent voter fraud, a problem that representatives from both parties have acknowledged doesn’t really exist in the state."

Singer’s petition will directly challenge the elections manager for Allegheny County—Mark Wolosik—to reject the new law, and to the full extent of his legal authority, refuse to enforce it.

“As a middle school teacher in a district with a large segment of minority and poor residents, many of my students’ parents will be directly affected by this new law,” Singer explained. “This confusing and discriminatory law could prevent up to 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania from casting their ballot come Election Day and I couldn’t sit back and watch that happen.”

The petition includes signatures and testimonies from other Pennsylvanians who are concerned "about the chaos" this new law might foster on Election Day and others who are "outraged that their loved ones might now be shut out from their polling places."

One Pittsburgh resident who signed the petition lamented: “My 88 year-old mother can’t find her birth certificate and has no dated photo ID.”

Singer, of White Oak, is no stranger to citizen advocacy.

The Steel Valley School District teacher is also the co-founder of the group Tell Everyone All Cuts Hurt, known as T.E.A.C.H., which was organized more than two years ago to protest cuts to K-12 education funding in the state.

To read the full petition, click here.

Editor's Note: To hear Singer discuss the petition during a recent radio appearance, click here.

Josie Fisher-Brown August 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Stopping Voter ID's is just another poor excuse to allow "voter cheating at our polls." ALL people have some sort of ID, to cash checks, to purchase products, to drive a car, to buy insurances, for almost anything, you need an ID. What is the problem? A voter ID does NOT 'disenfranchaise ANY PERSON, as it is for ALL people' and only those who want to have voters vote in several different areas and vote often, are against this. When a person votes with their Voter ID, that card is then punched for the election year, and thus, avoids people voting more than once. We need to keep our elections honest and open for all legal citizens, which benefits ALL people in the end. Those opposing this on the grounds of 'disenfranchaising anyone is laughable and it opens up cheating which is how Al Franken won, when he actually was behind, but miraculously, thousands of convenient votes were found in the trunks of cars"....

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