Republicans are attacking Pennsylvania — one of more than a dozen states where voting rights are under siegeTuesday, July 10th, 2012
We knew the Republican Party was attacking and helping to prevent the elderly, the disabled and Latinos from voting … so why are they now attacking white Pennsylvania voters and more elderly?
Pennsylvania has a high population of white persons living in the state (approximately7 85%), so the attacks made on white voters are confusing to us. Furthermore, there are more persons 65 years and over than the national average in the State of Pennsylvania.
Why on God’s green earth would Turzai believe voter suppression would help in Presidential elections when there are more and more young people getting involved in the election process? If anything, Turzai’s views are going to backfire.
|White persons, percent, 2011 (a)||83.8%||78.1%|
|Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2011||15.6%||13.3%|
Is Pennsylvania yet another guinea pig for them in their voter suppression tactics?
Perhaps these numbers are so intoxicating that Turzai forgot the cover story about how voter ID is supposed to protect the franchise rather than selectively restrict it. His spokesman later explained that Turzai meant “the Republican presidential candidate will be on a more even keel thanks to voter ID” — in other words, there will be a level playing field once the new law eliminates all that pesky voter fraud.
Prodded by GOP political activists, the Justice Department under Bush conducted an extensive, nationwide, five-year probe of voter fraud — and ended up convicting a grand total of 86 individuals, according to a 2007 New York Times report. Most of the cases involved felons or immigrants who may not have known they were ineligible to vote.
Not one case involved the only kind of fraud that voter ID could theoretically prevent: impersonation of a registered voter by someone else. Pennsylvania and other voter ID states have, in a sense, passed laws that will be highly effective in eradicating unicorns.