Pennsylvania's attempt to scrap centuries of American tradition in order to enable politicians to choose voters, rather than vice-versa, is now in court.
But even if judges uphold the new voter ID law, this big government solution in search of a problem -- voter impersonations occur less often than volcanic eruptions in Pennsylvania -- already has been exposed as a nakedly partisan power grab.
Perhaps Turzai had seen state data suggesting that 43 percent of voters in Philadelphia could in effect be disenfranchised by the new law.
Meanwhile, worries about fake voters swinging elections diverts attention from the very real issues related to accurately and fairly tallying ballots.
On November 6, "it is highly likely that voting systems will fail in multiple places across the country," says a new study by the Common Cause Education Fund, the Verified Voting Foundation and the Rutgers School of Law-Newark.