Pennsylvania lawmaker sparks fire over voter ID comment
June 26th, 2012
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Pennsylvania lawmaker sparks fire over voter ID comment

(CNN) - Pennsylvania Democrats are fuming over a comment made by a Republican state representative, who said a controversial voter identification law will help Mitt Romney carry Pennsylvania in November.

The comment has Democrats on edge, as they say it further proves their argument that the law was politically motivated and created to help Republicans.

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Mike Turzai, the state's House majority leader, made the remark Saturday at the state's Republican State Committee meeting, according to PoliticsPA.com. After listing off a series of GOP legislative accomplishments involving Second Amendment rights and abortion regulations, Turzai mentioned the new voting law, which requires voters to show a photo ID, as one of those GOP victories.

"Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done," he said, drawing applause.

While Republicans argue the new law helps to fight fraud, Democrats make the case that the new requirement aids Republicans in the voting booth-and Turzai's comment, they say, represents further evidence of their claim.

"Mike Turzai's admission that Voter ID only serves the partisan interests of his party should be shocking, but unfortunately it isn't. Turzai's comments are typical of a leader and a party that has consistently put their interests ahead of the interests of Pennsylvania," said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Mark Nicastre in a statement.

Defending his remark, Turzai's office said the lawmaker was making the point that the new law prevents election fraud and levels the playing field for GOP candidates on the ballot.

"Rep. Turzai was speaking at a partisan, political event. He was simply referencing, for the first time in a long while, the Republican Presidential candidate will be on a more even keel thanks to Voter ID. The reference was nothing more than that to a statewide Republican crowd," his spokesman, Stephen Miskin, said in a statement.

While a Republican presidential candidate hasn't won Pennsylvania since 1988, the state made big GOP gains in recent years and has a Republican governor and one U.S. senator.

Recent polls, however, show Obama in the lead in the Keystone State. A Quinnipiac survey released earlier in June indicated the president held a 46%-40% advantage over Romney in Pennsylvania.

– CNN's Justin Lear contributed to this report.


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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    It was voter fraud that put us into an 8 year nightmare with Bush.
    The GOP will stoop to any level to steal America away from Americans.

    June 26, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. End the Obama Dictatorship in November

    Luke Brown - to reduce the number of people of color, people with disabilities, and old people from voting for Democrats.
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    Then why do they require photo IDs of people entering government buildings? Is because the Democrat Obama adminstration is looking to deny all of these people access to their government or services? Or is it because they have a legitimate security need?

    Well I have a legitimate concern that my vote will not be counted or negated by the vote of some of the MILLIONS of illegals in this country which the Obama adminstration refuses to deport in violation of the laws of this nation. The rights of legal citizens to exercise their most fundamental right and have it count is taking a back seat to the "rights" of illegal aliens that have invaded this country.

    And to all those idiots that say it isn't happening and it can't be proven to be happening I ask, how do YOU KNOW IT ISN'T?! Without asking for photo ID how do you know? Frankly, I think the Democrats are so afraid of voter ID because the full extent of their fraud WILL be exposed. Of course, they will claim legitimate voters are being suppressed, with NO PROOF. I, on the other hand will claim that it is the fraudulent voters that are being "suppressed" because anybody that cases enough to vote WILL have an ID to make sure their vote counts and is protected against fraud.

    June 26, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""Defending his remark, Turzai's office said the lawmaker was making the point that the new law prevents election fraud and levels the playing field for GOP candidates on the ballot. "

    LOL...i guess they want us to believe that voter fraud is only perpetrated by democrats"
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    Actually, it's all because the only way their broken minds can rationalize it all when they see soooo many brown people voting is that "somethign must be wrong here...this country isn't changing and there's no demographic shifts taking place...I refuse to believe that any change is ahppening because it frightens and angers me soo much...so this must mean that some of these brown people at the polls here simply MUST be casting raudulent votes. My world isn't changing, my world isn't changing, my world isn't changing, my world isn't changing, my world isn't changing, my world isn't changing......"

    June 26, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Pander Bear

    They don't even bother to hide it any more.

    June 26, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    ted

    The GOP really is anti-American on this subject. Everyone is guaranteed a vote under the law. The problem is the GOP doesn't like the law and is trying to circumvent it under the guise of rooting out fraud. If the GOP wanted to root out fraud, then it would put all of its members in line for one of Sarah Palin's death panels.
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    As a US Citizen I still don't get why it is wrong to require an ID. Everyone has an ID, don't they? Even the minorities have IDs, don't they?

    June 26, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Eric in Denver

    Why is showing an ID to vote a big deal? What's next you don't need an ID to get a beer at the local tavern. @Ted death panel seriously? Your brain needs some serious help. How is requiring somebody to show an ID anti-american. Let me guess you support your local phone company using press 1 for English and 2 for Spanish.

    June 26, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. just sayin

    voter suppression in PA? you mean like two black panther guys standing outside the poll with clubs? no voter suppression there at all. at least that's what the corrupt AG said.

    June 26, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. bill

    c'mon, this is news? Why is everyone surprised? The GOP has been disenfranchising voters for years, throwing out ballots, re-drawing political districts in their favor, and even creating laws that help them – I mean you had to know something was going on when we have a fool like dubya elected not once, but twice. The 1% controls the 99%.

    June 26, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. David

    Look at History people . Over the last 30 Years the lower the turn out the more Likley the GOP wins . Thats a Fact . Thats why they want less voting. If I was a GOP supporter I would look at the and realize that most people dont think the way I do

    June 26, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Just more tactics to suppress voters. In Wisconsin, voters were called on the phone and told they don't need to vote if they signed the recall petitions.
    This is just more of the same c rap from GOP trying to sway voters. Let's make it harder to vote, so then people will just say "phooey" and not bother. That is what the GOP are hoping for.

    June 26, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Eric in Denver

    Libs are you serious? Do any of you remember the non political organization called ACORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ myviews........

    sorry but part of the problem when you come to this country and decide to latch on to the views of the right wing and FoxNews you don't get the whole story. Of course you have every right to do that but from reading a majority of your post they are right wing skewd. The reason Dems are crying voter suppression in many areas is that Republicans are trying not to have the record turnout that swept Obama into office back in 2008. Trust me had McCain/Palin won this would not be an issue with them. And you would think voter fruad and suppression would hurt both parties right? Well if there was syuch an issue the Democrats could have gone this way during BOTH Bush terms. Not everybody in this country legal age to drive has a driver's licence. They are going after the youth vote and students because they helped Obama into office as well. GOP focus will be on minorities, some seniors if they want to enact the Ryan Budget and people like you that are new citizens to this country..especially if they have darker skin and talk funny. Read and learn you will know more.

    June 26, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Say_Nothing -Do_Nothing_Flip_n_Flopper VULTURE CAPITALIST

    Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe never stood up to China in his life, never grew a backbone!. All he's ever done is send them our jobs!!!

    June 26, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Expat American

    The Republicans are gearing up for a repeat of the 2000 GOP [S]election! Someone had better be watching the booths in the battleground states on Election and not GOP [S]election day. The Republicans have a war to fight in Iran and the Party of Values (aka. lying to the United Nations) has already written the blank check for their poor uneducated white voter base to sign on the dotted line. Pay up Tea Party!

    June 26, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. David

    Eric – look at what ACORN really did . No Votes were ever cast really look read its liberating .

    Myview – no everyone does Not have ID . I worked In a nursing home In HS and I seen a lot of elderly that had no ID that would be accepted . I worked in a poor Community and saw a lot of people there that had no State issue ID get out of your Gated Community some time

    June 26, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Libs are you serious? Do any of you remember the non political organization called ACORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Yep, and those of who paid attention and understaood the issues all remember that there were wild accusations of voter REGISTRATION fraud, despite ACORN following all federal laws requiring them to submit all registrations no matter how silly and actually separating REGISTRATIONS into categories that weeded out the ones that were clearly fake or were suspect for some reason. We also remember that there was and never has been any proof that actual fraudulent votes were cast as a result of ACORN's work.

    June 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    @ Myviewis

    I have never had a problem showing my ID, I carry it and keep it current at all times but again, you fail to explain why this is all of a sudden an issue which clearly shows this is nothing more than fear on the part of the republicans that they will once AGAIN be rejected at the polls.

    June 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. AqChicago

    Lower the voter turnout, more likely is the GOP win. Proof is right there in 2008 when big turnout translates to Democrats winning. The more voters get out and vote, there more we realize that there aren't many crazy, paranoid right wing extremists out there

    June 26, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Why now? Why weren't Republicans trying to fight fraud in 2010 and 2011? Why is it so life threatening in 2012?

    June 26, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. incredulous

    I thought asking for photo ID was reasonable until it was pointed out to me that I had elderly relatives who no longer had driver's licenses due to age and medical conditions.

    None of the people/organizations pushing these laws have offered up any type of proof that voter fraud is a problem. Strangely enough all of them seem to be Republicans.

    June 26, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. just sayin

    cali girl
    In Wisconsin, voters were called on the phone and told they don't need to vote if they signed the recall petitions.
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    sorry, this is not voter suppression. it is voter stupidity. big difference. democrats need to find more intelligent people to vote for them. problem is the more intelligent you are the less likely you'll vote for a democrat. yeah, i know, the truth hurts.

    June 26, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Look at how these republicans are destroying our democracy. If you think they have your best interest at heart, you are sadly mistaken. Look at what they are doing to the country. First Citizens United and now these voter ID laws. Your vote doesn't mean anything anymore when you have a party hellbent on power and willing to do anything to get it back. The SCOTUS has sold America out to the highest bidder. Just wait until it's revealed that their is foreign money being used in our elections.

    June 26, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Ferret out the BS

    I guess gerrymandering doesn't do the job quite to the needs of the GOP.

    June 26, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    More proof that the GOP needs to disband so a legitimate second party can form. And a third and fourth party.

    June 26, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Actually, what he is saying suggests his confidence that Republicans are not involved in voter fraud. I would think this should be welcome by the Democrats. That is, unless the Democrats do not have the same confidence about the votes they are receiving...

    June 26, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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