HARRISBURG, Pa. — A tough new voter identification law championed by Republicans can take effect in Pennsylvania for November’s presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite a torrent of criticism that it will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters and make it harder for the elderly, disabled, poor and young adults to vote.
Besides the large number of likely Democratic voters who will be disenfranchised by this voter ID law, the judge who let this travesty proceed knew to be true the following two facts:
1. Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai—the freakin’ majority leader!—said the following in a June speech in which he was bragging about his party’s legislative accomplishments before a gathering of Republican State Committee members:
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.
That should have been enough for the judge to at least block the law’s implementation until he can write an opinion shaming the GOP legislators. But there’s more:
2. Lawyers defending the law in court for the state of Pennsylvania , stipulated to the following:
There have been no investigations and prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania …
The parties are not aware of any incidents of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania …
(The state) will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania …
(The state) will not offer any evidence or argument that in-person voter fraud is likely to occur in November in the absence of the Photo ID law.
Get that? They admit there is no bleeping evidence of past voter fraud nor is any “likely to occur in November.” None.
What more would a judge need to stop this dirty and dishonest scheme? Ah, there’s the rub. He would need not to be a Republican.
The hope now is that the evenly split state supreme court (it is evenly split because one of the Republican judges is under indictment and therefore suspended!) will stop this travesty. If the court splits along party lines, the law remains in effect. The good news, if there is any, is that one of the three Republican judges has been known to occasionally buck his party. We shall see.
Meanwhile, most of the media is worried that Joe Biden is being a big meanie.