Energy - April 27, 2012

Voter ID law tested on primary day

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports mixed reactions to the Voter ID law after Tuesday’s primary election.  Voters across the state were asked to produce identification in order to vote.  Tuesday serves as a test run of sorts.  Voters were asked for photo identification, though it was not required to vote, and those that did not have proper were to be supplied with the information on where to get the proper identification.  Reports across the state are that while there was mixed reaction to the actual law, most voters seemed to be prepared.  It seems that because Tuesday’s election was a primary that those who came to vote mostly considered themselves “regular voters;” they were well aware of the new requirements. 

The Harrisburg Patriot News reports that “poll workers also kept a count of voters without an ID. The counties will use those totals to gauge how prepared people are for the new law” come November’s general election.  It seems that more issues with the law may arise in November when those more infrequent voters show up to cast their ballots.


Public comment period extended for reapportionment

The 2011 Legislative Reapportionment Commission has extended the deadline for filing a request to provide public comment.  The deadline has been extended until April 30, 2012.  The commission will hold a public hearing on May 2, 2012 in Hearing Room One, North Office Building in Harrisburg.  Public comment is welcome on the Preliminary Reapportionment Plan; those wishing to comment must submit a written request with a summary of their proposed comments, phone number, and address to Commission Executive Director Charles E. O’Connor, Jr., Esquire, Room 104 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.