Pennsylvania Republican State House leader, Mike Turzai, said in an interview that the new voter ID laws are intended to get Mitt Romney elected. That’s the purpose of the laws and not to prevent voter fraud. Voter fraud has never been proven to be an issue, even with Republican data. As we get closer to the election, some Republican lawmakers are comfortable with saying what the real purpose of the new voter ID laws are intended to do.
All along, the GOP has made known that their number one priority is to see President Obama as a one term president. And they’ve gone all out with these voter ID laws to accomplish their number one goal. The Justice Department has denied clearance for Alabama, Texas and South Carolina’s laws. The decision pertaining to Alabama was upheld by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Texas and South Carolina have filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department. The Texas new voter ID law was intended to disenfranchise Hispanic voters. South Carolina’s law was found to be discriminatory towards minorities. Many southern states must have any new changes to voting laws pre-approved by the Justice Department pursuant to Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act of 1965 due to historical discriminatory practices. The Justice Department has also pursued Florida for its recent purge of voters, of which some are eligible to vote.
From voter photo ID laws, eliminating early voting, purging eligible voters, denying felons who have served their time and otherwise changing the rules of voting, the GOP has attacked the cornerstone of democracy. Voting is the backbone upon which our democracy rests. Without the right to vote, we are no different that the countries who have no democracy. And Republicans will stop at nothing to chip away at our democracy.
As founder of LegalSpeaks, I appeared on The Alyona Show on RT TV on Tuesday to discuss Turzai’s comments and the GOP voter ID laws and other topics.