Image

9:09 AM / Thursday May 13, 2021

5 Jul 2011

Youngblood votes against bill that would disenfranchise many voters

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
July 5, 2011 Category: Local Posted by:

HARRISBURG– State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today voted against a bill that she said harkens to the years before the federal Voting Rights Act. After extensive debate, the House voted 108-88 in favor of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification in order to be able to cast their ballot at the polls.

 

“It’s disappointing that my colleagues who voted for this measure went along with a thinly veiled, nationally organized scheme to suppress the vote of seniors, women and those living in more urban areas,” said Youngblood. “This legislation, which was approved mainly on party lines, would require anyone who does not have a photo ID, usually a driver’s license, to go out and get one in order to vote. It is especially outrageous because in urban areas like ours, a lot of people rely on public transit and don’t have a driver’s license.”

Image

 

The bill would be particularly unfair for senior citizens who no longer drive and have surrendered their license.

 

“Seniors have to go through the hassle of somehow getting a photo ID. If they don’t they’re going to turn up at the poll and be denied, or have to file a provisional ballot and travel to the voter registration office within six days to validate it,” Youngblood said. “A lot of these people have voted in every election for decades.

 

“I guess since the Republican Party has attacked Medicare and gone after Social Security, they know that seniors will remember that as they head to the polls,” she said. “No wonder they are trying to suppress their vote through this legislation.”

 

Youngblood said that in their zeal to pass the repressive bill, Republicans denied amendments that would grant a photo identification exemption to senior citizens and current or former members of the military. Youngblood added that the Republicans also denied amendments that would have educated the public on the changes to the law, as well as provide notice in other languages, including Spanish.

 

“If this isn’t about suppressing the vote, why would they not want the public to know of these changes,” Youngblood said. “The claim is they want to protect the credibility of voting, yet Pennsylvania has had only four instances of vote fraud since 2008, and those involved individuals, not some evil conspiracy. This bill will encourage seniors and other members of the public to stay home on Election Day, and it will deny thousands of Pennsylvania citizens their right to vote.”

 

Youngblood added that implementing a photo ID requirement for voting would cost $10 million.

 

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Sports

Black Women in Sport Foundation, Coeur Sport, and USA Triathlon announce inaugural Women’s Power Up Triathlon grant winners

May 7, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email  What do you call women role models with bucket lists? Triathletes.  Black Women...

Oasis

Happy Mother’s Day to two great women

May 7, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email By Napoleon F. Kingcade Mother’s Day is a special day that gives honor...

Go With The-Flo

Meghan Markle has written her first children’s book called “The Bench”

May 7, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Meghan Markle (Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony Tongues...

Week In Review

Records: Ma’Khia Bryant’s sister sought help before shooting

May 7, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Mourners are seen wearing shirts with Ma’Khia Bryant’s picture as they...

Seniors

Senior safety campaign in response to rising senior fire deaths

May 7, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT U.S. Fire Administration data shows since January, more than 285 older adults...

Health

Why it’s never too early to make a long-term care plan

May 7, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email STATEPOINT Americans are living longer than ever before, and with continually rising health...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff