ACLU lawsuit claims that over 80,000 people will be disenfranchised by this law — the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s very own estimate of the number of voters who will be disenfranchised, not the ACLU’s, the ACLU believes more will be disenfranchised.
Most of the disenfranchised are older minorities as well as the disabled, including disabled veterans. Virtually all of them have veteran’s ID cards, Medicare cards, or other government-issued documents demonstrating that they are who they are, but the Pennsylvania law does not accept those as ID and instead sets up a draconian set of requirements that many cannot meet. For example, large numbers of people no longer have a copy of their birth certificate and must pay to obtain a copy of their birth certificate in order to get the mandatory voter ID card, which is an unconstitutional and illegal poll tax, and most minorities born before 1950 don’t even have a birth certificate — birth registration was optional before the 1950′s, and people born at home with midwifes rarely had one.
Note that there has never in Pennsylvania history been *any* incident of voter fraud that would have been prevented by requiring a government-issued government ID. None. Zero. Zilch. There has been incidents where people registered to vote in the wrong district, but that would not be solved by the government ID requirement. There have been incidents where dead people voted, but they voted absentee from a nursing home, they didn’t show up at the polling station to have their ID checked.
So why the ID requirement? Hint: the fact that most minorities born before 1950 don’t have a birth certificate might be A Clue. You think?!
- Badtux the Snarky Penguin