Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the sponsor of a strict voter ID law in Pennsylvania that will disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority voters, is now saying the law will affect only the “lazy”—like the 47 percent of voters Mitt Romney was referring to in a recently leaked undercover video.
An analysis of more than 2,000 alleged voter fraud cases over the last decade shows that the occurrence of such fraud is infinitesimal and that in-person voter impersonation is virtually nonexistent. But 37 state legislatures have enacted or are considering tough voter ID laws in the run-up to the 2012 election. Why?
Democracy in action? More like democracy inaction. A Pennsylvania judge said he would not halt a strict new voter identification law that critics say could effectively disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of the population and disproportionally affect the young, the elderly and the poor in the state’s urban areas.