Pennsylvania Judge Refuses To Stop His Party’s Malfeasance

This is unconscionable:

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.

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  1. Jane Reaction

     /  August 15, 2012

    This should be roundly condemned as one giant ideological step toward totalitarianism.
    Gerald Malan

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  2. This is certainly worrisome. There are way too many Americans who just listen to their propaganda and say, yeah, that’s right, we can’t have voter fraud. And then go back to foxy news.

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  3. There was a time not long ago when I ventured an opinion on the voter ID issue, opining that I didn’t see what the big deal was, especially if non-drivers were provided access to an alternative to a DL. But that was before I got my mind fully engaged on political topics. It is so very easy to be comfortable in one’s rut and fail to see things from the viewpoint of others whose circumstances are, well, less comfortable.

    The group home that cares for my mentally disabled sister recently sought details from me so they could apply for a copy of her birth certificate. (Maybe they need to prove she’s not a Mexican illegal or a terrorist, I’m not sure.) Anyway, the information they needed to fill out the form reminded me that requesting the certificate is not a trivial matter. In addition to getting the right form and knowing where to send it and whatever fee is involved, they needed to know the birth date, the parents’ names, the hospital and the county. And then there’s bound to be a significant time delay, knowing how bureaucracies work. It is not a simple thing.

    The whole Pennsylvania dust-up is such an obvious political stratagem. It is no less outrageous than a poll tax.

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