• Pennsylvania Lawmakers Have a Strange Way of Defending Their Laws

    After Pennsylvania state house majority leader Mike Turzai was quoted as saying, "Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done," people had some slight suspicions about the motive of a harsh voter ID law passed by the state's Republican-controlled congress which could keep three-quarters of a million eligible voters from casting their ballots in November.

    And now — just ahead of tomorrow's federal trial concerning the veracity of that very same voter ID law — state lawmakers have made some other interesting comments about the need for the law

    The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there "have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states."

    Additionally, the agreement states Pennsylvania "will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania and elsewhere" or even argue "that in person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absense of the Photo ID law."

    I see… Hmmmm… Interesting concessions. I can see how that might raise some eyebrows. But, let me ask you this: Is there still a black dude named Barack Obama who could conceivably win reelection for the Democrats with the help of Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes?

    There is?

    Okay, then. Really, the bulk of their argument still stands.

    Photo by Ad Meskens/Wikimedia Commons

    Tags: Pennsylvania, Voter Suppression


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