Pennsylvania residents will be forced to show government-issued photo identification in order to cast votes in November. Supporters of the law argued that it was just a small measure meant to combat voter fraud. The statistics however show that voter fraud is not a large issue in this country. According to frequently cited studies on voter fraud, there were only 13 recorded incidents from 2000 to 2010.
Voter ID laws such as this one in Pennsylvania are being proposed by Republican politicians all over the country. Some figures released this week show that the law may affect more than 750,000 Pennsylvanians who don’t currently possess identification cards issued by the state Department of Transportation Department. In an effort to win the November 2012 election, the republicans have aggressively attempted to use these laws as a tool. The figures are so alarming for this one state that Democrats have gone on the defensive against these laws which seem to target people who traditionally vote for democrats. They target students, minorities and elderly voters.
The debate over voter ID efforts continues to heat up. Last month, Pennsylvania GOP House Majority Leader Mike Turzai made a comment that many see as an admission that the GOP is using these laws to quash votes on the Democratic side to benefit the Republican candidates. “Voter ID — which is going to allow Gov. [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done,” Turzai told a group of cheering attendees at a Republican State Committee meeting. It seems that Republicans are using everything in their disposal to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.
Written by: Kika Ramsay