As noted in Timothy McNulty's Aug. 9 article, "After 50 Years of Voting, Some Hall of Fame Voters at Risk for Ineligibility," Carol Aichele, secretary of the commonwealth, proudly told Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame inductees that, "Voting is among our most fundamental and important rights as United States citizens." Today Secretary Aichele's statement is being overlooked and, more offensively, used out of context in addressing the voter ID law.
Despite implications from the AFL-CIO, the voter ID law does not keep Pennsylvania's honored voters from the polls. Nor does it disenfranchise the elderly, young, women or minorities. This effort to scare people by touting how the law will keep them from voting is wrong. Perpetuating sensational arguments keeps voters from understanding the simple steps needed to comply with the law.
Organizations, like the AFL-CIO, create lists of "disenfranchised" voters. It would be more productive if organizations created lists of initiatives under way helping voters obtain proper identification.
To date, the Department of State has attended more than 100 neighborhood events educating citizens about voter ID and will make ID cards available, free of charge, at the end of August. The admirable work of the Department of State will continue, making necessary adjustments to the system so voters can effectively obtain identification.
With nearly three months until Election Day -- and with full support from state and local officials -- I'm confident all voters will have the means to comply with the new law. I'm also confident our Hall of Fame voters, who've never missed an election in 50 years, will be particularly prepared and able to cast their ballots on Nov. 6.