Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Voter ID is, well, IDed

House GOP leader Mike Turzai says the controversial new voter ID bill will "allow" Romney to win Pennsylvania.

Voter ID is, well, IDed

In case you missed it, House Republican Leader Mike Turzai seems to have confirmed Democratic assertions that the state's new Voter ID law is intended to help Republican candidates win elections rather than combat voter fraud.

During remarks to a Republican State Committee meeting Saturday, Turzai was ticking off GOP agenda items and said:

“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

The new law mandates photo ID be shown before voting in the fall elections. Many Democrats argue the requirement puts an extra burden on voters and could tamp turnout especially among poorer minority and urban elderly voters who tend to vote Democratic and may not have drivers' licenses or other readily available forms of ID.

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Republicans maintain the law fights voter fraud.

Turzai's remarks were reported by PoliticsPa.com, picked up by the national news service Politico and ended up on youtube.com.

Turzai's spokesman Steve Miskin said Turzai was simply playing to a partisan audience.

Montco Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach issued a statement Monday saying Turzai was making, "a remarkably blunt admission that the true intentions of Voter ID are to stop Democrats from voting and to rig elections in favor of Republicans."

Gov. Corbett signed Voter ID into law in March.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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