Montgomery Township, PA: Today, Will Sylianteng issued the following statement regarding the Commonwealth Court’s decision to uphold the controversial Voter ID legislation, passed by Governor Tom Corbett and the Republican legislature with the support of Representative Stephens:
I was deeply disappointed this morning when I learned of the Commonwealth Court’s decision to uphold the Voter ID law. This legislation was recklessly passed by the Republican leadership in Harrisburg with the support of Representative Stephens, despite the fact that 3,322 residents in the 151st District will be at risk of losing their inalienable right to vote. 2,081 of these voters will be women who may have difficulty being permitted to vote because of changes between their maiden and marital names on their identification.
It is a sad state of affairs that the Court has ruled in such a way, as the Republicans in Harrisburg seek to misuse their power by systematically weakening and dismantling democracy in Pennsylvania instead of protecting it.
Millions of our taxpayer dollars are being wasted to implement this unnecessary and unjust law – money that could be better spent dealing with real issues like education and job creation and solving real problems such as infrastructure development and repair. This Voter ID law is seriously flawed, politically-motivated, fiscally irresponsible, and a dangerous piece of legislation that should not be allowed to stand.
One of the reasons I am running for State Representative is because I feel the 151st district deserves better leadership than we have been receiving. We deserve a voice in Harrisburg who won’t just follow the party bosses by voting for bad legislation which hurts honest, hard-working Pennsylvanians. We have an opportunity to change the way Harrisburg is being run, and I plan to be fighting on behalf of the constituents of my district against the powerful forces which have little concern for our interests.”
Will Sylianteng is the Democratic candidate running against State Representative Todd Stephens in the 151st district in Montgomery County. A successful attorney, he resides in Montgomery Township with his wife and two year old daughter, and he is running for state legislature to work hard to ensure that Montgomery County continues to be a great place for families to raise their children.