Pennsylvania's electorate-disenfranchising voter ID law likely to "go down in flames"Submitted by FallenTabris on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 15:59
Last week, on the heels of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Carole Aichele (the woman in charge of implementing the new law in the Keystone State), admitting, under oath on the witness stand, that she didn't even "know what the law says," we predicted the statute was likely to "go down in flames", thanks to the legal challenge brought against it by the ACLU and other civil liberties groups on behalf of 10 plaintiffs who will have trouble casting their once-legal vote this November if the law is allowed to stand.
You may have heard some misinformation about such voter ID laws wherein they're called "common sense". In reality, in-person impersonation at polling places is extraordinarily rare. Laws requiring IDs at the polls have two purposes:
1. To suppress the minority vote. Veterans, students, inner-city residents who've never needed to consider registering a vehicle, and especially blacks or Latinos: what do all of these groups have in common? They're more likely to vote for a democrat or an independent than a republican.
Think I'm kidding? Quoth former Florida republican party chairman in 2008:
“I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He also said party officials discussed how “minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” according to the AP.
Is there any surprise the Florida republican party has pushed so hard for a purge of state voter rolls?
2. These claims of "voter fraud" are a distraction from a much realer threat to our democracy: black-box voting where easily-hackable ballot counting machines without any paper trail are depended on to count votes (in many states including Florida it is ILLEGAL to hand-count the ballots without a court order). In other words, the privatization of our democracy.
I have no doubt Paul would have won many more state primaries if the vote tallying didn't involve transferring files to or from an election official's computer with NO oversight. This is an aspect of election fraud you'll virtually never see the MSM cover, even though such issues allowed the Palm Beach, FL debacle in 2000. Hanging chads, butterfly chads, chads, chads, chads.
Given how the republican party has handled this election, I'm sure election fraud is certainly unfamiliar to none of us by now!
The obligatory quote:
"I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this: who will count the votes, and how." - Joseph Stalin