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Letter to the Editor: Pleased With the Voter ID Ruling

Republican candidate Joe Rooney, who is seeking a seat in the 13th Congressional District, chimes in on Wednesday's Voter ID ruling.

Joe Rooney, who is running for a seat in the 13th Congressional District, issued the following statement on Thursday after Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled to uphold the law that requires every Pennsylvania voter to show a valid photo ID before being allowed to vote. 

"I applaud the decision of Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson to uphold Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. Judge Simpson concluded in a thoughtful, nonpartisan 70 page decision that the law did not violate the Pennsylvania State Constitution. PA voters now have almost three months to ensure that they possess the necessary identification to vote. Additionally, the law allows voters to cast a provisional ballot which will be counted once the proper ID is presented.

On a personal basis, as an airline pilot I witness thousands of people who successfully navigate the security procedures now in place to fly. As you all know, this includes checking every person’s identification prior to boarding. I support this law as a reasonable accommodation needed to protect every Pennsylvanians’ vote. 

I hope that everyone will take the time now to ensure they are eligible to vote on November 6th."

Joe Rooney 

Joseph Finnick August 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The government can force us to have vaccines... I fail to see your point. The "general safety" of the public trumps individual liberty. If anything that court case only supports my views.
Joseph Finnick August 21, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I stated it would be charitable of the developer to give the houses (not that it should be demanded of them) to demonstrate that hospitals need to be forced to care for the sick (even those without healthcare) because people do have the right to life.
Stephen Eickhoff August 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The right to swing your fist ends at my face. Ideally, no one's rights trump anyone else's-- such is tyranny.
Joseph Finnick August 21, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Never said I wanted to punch you but thanks for letting me know about the status of my right to do so (actually I don't have that right, it is assault). I said people have the right to life. Yes, ideally everyone can have their rights and never have them be trumped by anything else ever. Then again, we live in the real world.
S September 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The premise of the Voter ID law is to reduce the chance of "voter fraud". This is a big load of steaming crap. Since 2000 there have been 10 cases brought for PA courts for voter fraud, 4 have been convicted. PA voter have gone to the pole over 600 million times since then. The only fraud perpetrated here is by the Republican party of PA. Furthermore Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House of PA (R) has flat out omitted that this was a critical step to get Romney elected. Thanks GOP for stepping on a basic right as an American citizen!

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