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Smart Talk: Voter ID ruling; Democratic candidate for governor Jo Ellen Litz

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 19, 2014 1:09 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, January 20, 2014:

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Will the Corbett Administration appeal a Commonwealth Court judge's ruling released Friday that Pennsylvania's Voter ID law is unconstitutional?

Judge Bernard McGinley ruled the state didn't prove there was widespread voter fraud and also also did not make it easy for voters to obtain an accepted form of identification, which in turn may keep those without ID from voting.

If appealed, the case would go to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Gov. Corbett and supporters of the law say it is needed to eliminate or reduce voter fraud.

Opponents say the law was politically motivated and an attempt to suppress voters who traditionally cast ballots for Democrats.

Vic Walczak of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union and witf's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson appear on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss the case.


Also, Jo Ellen Litz, a Democrat running for governor, appears on a Smart Talk to explain herpositions on the issues.

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  • TrinaB img 2014-01-20 21:16

    As always great program and another topic that gets my blood boiling! With the exception of elderly and persons with disabilities I can't understand why so many people don't have a state issued ID. You need a license to drive a car, and you are required to show ID to buy alcohol or tobacco, and thanks to E-Verify you need ID to get a job. How is it so many people can walk around without an ID?

    Has anyone check to see what percentage of the people that are claiming they can't vote because they don't have an ID are actually registered and bother to vote? I would suspect that if a able bodied person between the ages of 18 to say 55 doesn't have a state issued ID odds are pretty good they are not registered to vote any way.

    Mr. Walczak made a statement that I believe is incorrect. I need to check the facts on this but he said that military veterans have a thick plastic ID that allows them go to the commissary, and get thousands of dollars worth of free health care. Unless things has drastically changed since I left the Marines in '91 not every veteran gets an ID card. If you have qualifying health conditions you may get something from the VA (never tried) but that is all. When you pay your dues and make it to retirement then you gent an ID card that has several privileges you earned for years of service.

    Keep up the great work Scott