A note on voter ID

At the Republican State Committee meeting, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai openly admitted the truth about voter identification efforts —  they are meant to suppress Democratic votes in this year’s election and will win the election for Mitt Romney. Specifically, Turzai said:

“We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years,” said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature.

“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.”

Of course the Republicans are not clamoring for anything that would eliminate election fraud. That could well backfire on their plans. But those three or four voters that were caught trying to vote using someone else’s ID are more than enough reason to make it very difficult for working people, students, minorities, and people with the same name as known felons to vote.

It’s important to note that Turzai also identified having successfully implemented pro-gun doctrines and pro-life doctrines, the strange combination of allowing life to be taken violently while still demanding that life is sacred.


Here is another article on the same subject, this one called The Republican War on Elections.

Voter Suppression Laws

You are probably aware of all the new laws being put in place to assure that voting crimes are not committed, and as a side-effect, to make it very difficult for many voters to actually cast their vote. These voter suppression laws are an obvious ploy by the smaller Republican party which cannot win elections based on the number of voters, so keeping the opposition from voting is almost as good.

Yesterday I heard of some hidden side-effects from these voting laws:  it seems that transgender voters may be turned away at the poll because under the new laws, a mis-match on the record on sex is considered a breach and the transgender person attempting to vote will not only be turned away but may in fact be arrested for voter fraud. I know I’m going to wear leather and jack-boots to vote here in South Carolina … I may even have to strap a gun on my walker and make pirate sounds.

I did have one question:  there are no transgender voters that identify themselves as Republicans?