Archive: July, 2012
Troy Graham @troyjgraham
Council President Darrell L. Clarke described the voter ID law today as "ill conceived" and designed "basically to suppress individuals' rights," but he nonetheless vowed that his efforts to educate the public about the controversial new law would remain above the partisan fray.
Some members of Council would team up with the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, he said, to let people know what they have to do to comply with the law, which requires a valid photo ID at the polls.
Democrats fear the law will disenfranchise many of their supporters in the coming Presidential election, and they accuse the Republican-controlled General Assembly of passing the law for that purpose only. Republicans say the law is needed to combat voter fraud.
Mayor Nutter joined the growing chorus of people calling on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.
Here's a bit from a letter he and 20 other mayors signed and release Thursday:
"Your own father set a precedent for presidential candidates, of both parties, when he said public release of several years of tax returns was necessary, explaining that “one year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.” President Obama has released 12 years of tax returns, John Kerry released 20 years’ worth and Bob Dole released nearly 30 years. Without releasing additional tax returns, you would go down as one of the most secretive presidential nominees in modern history. Even Richard Nixon released more years of tax returns than you."
City elections officials on Thursday received the list of the 186,000 Philadelphians who do not have a PennDOT ID for voting in November.
City Commission Chair Stephanie Singer had originally expected to get the data from the Pennsylvania Department of State in May. Her office is analyzing the data to search for patterns based on race, ethnicity, age and other characteristics.
She plans to share the information with the NAACP, the PA Voter ID Coalition and other groups so that they can help make sure all voters get the IDs they need to vote November 16th under a new Pennslyvania law. Her office will provide the data to anyone who wants it for non-commercial purposes. Requests can be made to 215-686-3460, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on line at vote.phila.gov/contact.