by Sally Kalson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
All this time we thought Republicans hated government waste and bureaucracy, unfunded mandates and over-reaching laws that infringe on freedom. Was that just an act? Because Pennsylvania's voter ID law requiring certain kinds of photo identification for most voters is the very embodiment of that loathsome list.
1. It will "solve" a problem that doesn't exist.
2. It will impose unnecessary hardship on those least able to overcome it.
3. It will squander millions of scarce public dollars.
4. Its application will be inconsistent.
5. It will impede the freedom -- not to mention the constitutional right -- to vote.
As for disproportionate effect, the study found 22 percent of voters in households earning $20,000 or less lacked a valid photo ID, vs. 8.2 percent of those in the $80,000-plus range.
These gaps are more than enough to swing an election, which is exactly what state Republicans had in mind. Rep. Mike Turzai actually admitted it when addressing his fellow party members: "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania -- done."
The voter ID law was on trial last week in Commonwealth Court, with the ACLU calling it what it is: voter suppression. But since voter fraud has proven to be a complete fabrication, state attorneys haven't even tried to show a need for it. Their argument boils down to this: We did it because we could.
Via Lynda Park