Ten days ago The O’Zone pointed out that the true goal of nationwide Republican efforts to enact voter ID laws were not what was claimed.
In that article we ran a video of the Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) proudly proclaiming that the state’s new voter ID law would ensure a victory for Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania.
We immediately received pushback that these were “common sense” laws designed to prevent voter fraud.
Never mind that we have cited numerous studies by non-partisan groups such as The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU or The League of Women Voters showing that the incidence of voter fraud is miniscule.
Now, however, a report by the Philadelphia Enquirer shows that this law in Pennsylvania amounts to using a tactical nuclear weapon to eliminate a mosquito. And there is strong evidence that the Republican administration deliberately misstated the impact of the law to facilitate its passage.
The article states,
“More than 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania do not have photo identification cards from the state Transportation Department, putting their voting rights at risk in the November election, according to data released Tuesday by state election officials.
“The figures - representing 9.2 percent of the state's 8.2 million voters - are significantly higher than prior estimates by the Corbett administration. Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele has repeatedly said that 99 percent of Pennsylvania's voters already had the photo ID they will need at the polls in November.
“The new numbers, based on a comparison of voter registration rolls with PennDot ID databases, shows the potential problem is much bigger, particularly in Philadelphia, where 186,830 registered voters - 18 percent of the city's total registration - do not have PennDot ID.”