Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele repeatedly claimed that 99% of Pennsylvania voters had a photo ID that would allow them to vote. But now that they passed their voter ID law, Aichele’s department did a cross check of the voter registration rolls against the database of people with state ID (typically driver’s licenses). And you know what? They found that 9.2% of the voters don’t have a state ID.
That’s three-quarters of a million people. And in urban areas like Philadelphia (which tend to vote Democratic), the percentage is as high as 18%. People without driver’s licenses tend to be poor, elderly, or young. That’s more than enough to throw an election.
So it should come to no surprise to anyone when Pennsylvania state Republican leader Mike Turzai said at a Republican State Committee meeting last month “Voter ID – which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania – done”.
But that’s not as bad as the situation in Mississippi, where in order to vote you need a photo ID from the state. But in order to get a state ID, you need a copy of your birth certificate. And, of course, in order to get your birth certificate, you need … wait for it … a photo ID from the state.