Voter Identification laws, which I somewhat supported for a time, I now see as a clear attempt to disenfranchise a lot of registered voters who are not likely to vote Republican and amount to apoll tax. There are only nine states that have to have their changeas to voter rules reviewd by the Department of Justice because of past abuses. Texas is one, and it lost a recent case.
26 June 2012
House Majority Leader in the GOP controlled Pennsylvania legislature, Mike Turzai [R], verbalizes a list of that legislatures accomplishments:
“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.” from politicalruminations.com
This issue of supression of voters by the Republican Party goes way back (well, at least 32 years). IN Dallas in 1980 at a gathering of the religious right Paul Weyrich, founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority, and American Legislative Exchange Council, said:
“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
And the people keep electing these guys, who blatantly stand between the voter and the ballot box.