Voter Suppression may Hand Election to the Republicans
A third of Pennsylvanians may be ineligible to vote in this year's presidential election.
No state issued I. D? You can't vote here
Pennsylvania Republicans passed a law earlier this year, signed by the Republican governor, which requires all voters to have a "valid PennDOT-issued ID with photo identification." A driver's license will not work. The problem is, according to Daniel Dinver, writing in the Philadelphia City Paper, at least 1,636,168 registered voters are not in possession of the ID. In Philadelphia, which is heavily democratic according to registration figures, 437,237 voters, or a whopping 43 percent, do not possess the ID required to participate in the election. The law requires that voters show up at a state-designated location to obtain their IDs. Unfortunately, many elderly people and poor people to not have the means to to that.
Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai boasted in June of this year that the Pennsylvania law "is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania."
The Republicans say that the ID will prevent wholesale voter fraud, but their use of the term 'voter fraud' is simply code for voter suppression. Over the last decade less than a dozen individual cases of voter fraud have been prosecuted in the entire nation, so for all intents and purposes, it does not exist.
In Florida, a purge of voter rolls continues despite a court order to stop. Republicans know that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the key swing states that will decide the election, and they fear they cannot win elections that are fair and square, so they are resorting to instituting these laws. It is a blatant and egregious attempt to steal the election for themselves, and it is a threat to the very core of our democratic process. Shame on them.
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