Pennsylvania Secretary of State Doesn’t Know What’s in Voter ID Law

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The court challenge concerning Pennsylvania’s version of voter suppression gets curioser and curioser.  Last month, State officials stipulated in a statement  to the non-existence of in person voter fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state (my bold). The State of Pennsylvania agreed it would not offer any evidence that in person voter fraud has occurred in Pennsylvania and else where.  And this is the important one.  Nor will it “offer argument or evidence that in-person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absence of the Photo ID law.”

That stipulation acknowledges there is no need for the photo ID law.  It begs the question, if there was no in person voter fraud and the state did not expect voter fraud to occur during the November election, why was this law passed.

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It’s also significant that the State officials acknowledge that they are also unaware of in person voter fraud in any other state.

It gets even better with today’s court testimony by Secretary of Commonwealth Carole Aichele.  She admitted in court that she doesn’t know what’s in the law. Aichele is supposed to implement Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. According to CBS:

At one point, when lawyers asked her about the details of the voter ID law, Aichele responded, “I don’t know what the law says.”

To be fair to Secretary Aichele, she isn’t the only one who doesn’t know what the law says.

Plaintiffs’ attorney David Gersch (of Arnold and Porter) says the Secretary is not the only one confused about what the law requires.

“The law is very technical — that’s another problem with it,” he tells KYW Newsraadio.   “Earlier in the trial we had testimony from lawyers who are advocates for poor people and homeless people trying to get identification, and those lawyers said they didn’t understand all apects of the law!” (CBS’ italics)

The Secretary also admitted that she doesn’t know how many voters will need a new photo ID.

Yet, without knowing what the law says or how many Pennsylvanians would need a new photo ID to preserve their constitutional right to vote, somehow the Secretary does know that 99% of voters have the correct ID.

If she doesn’t know what the law says, or how many people would need a new ID, how can she possibly know how many people have the right ID?

If a law is so confusing that the top official charged with implementing it can’t understand it, how does that bill get implemented?  If the law is so confusing that lawyers can’t understand it, how does the average citizen of Pennsylvania figure it out to assure that their constitutional right to vote is protected?

When a bill is passed to solve a problem that State officials acknowledge doesn’t exist, it means the bill was passed for a different reason – one that officials don’t want to admit publicly.  Since bills like this, by coincidence, tend to prevent people most likely to vote for the Democratic Party; the real reason for Pennsylvania’s law is pretty clear.  It’s about suppressing voting – not suppressing voter fraud.

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8 Replies to “Pennsylvania Secretary of State Doesn’t Know What’s in Voter ID Law”

  1. “Yet, without knowing what the law says or how many Pennsylvanians would need a new photo ID to preserve their constitutional right to vote, somehow the Secretary does know that 99% of voters have the correct ID.”

    In this case one can only guess that Carole Aichele has a special crystal ball that tells her things. Any other reputable Secretary of State would realize the inconsistency of these two positions and show some kind of embarrassment, but it doesn’t seem to bother Aichele. I’d be embarrassed. Rachel Maddow was right. She said that even though republicans lie constantly, they have no shame about doing it.

  2. Basically what the Republicans are doing with this law is saying, “It’s get your butt back to the rear of the bus, ya’ll!”

  3. Can the Republican party sink any lower? Do they not feel even the least bit of shame, at what is obvious to any thinking person. What American can really say with pride, I’m proud of the Republicans? These people are disgusting and deserve no place in the Government.

  4. “Can the Republican party sink any lower?”

    Why yes they can – they prove it every day.

    “Do they not feel even the least bit of shame?”

    They don’t even know the meaning of the word shame
    & if they did, they still wouldn’t feel it.

  5. Carole is well educated and a nice person. I regard her husband (Corbett’s Chief of Staff) as a personal friend. I do not believe that either of them are truly in favor of the voter ID act. However, they sold their souls to the GOP and will do what they are told. I am sad.

  6. Not only doesn’t she know whats in it—neither do the Repub leaders (Mike Turzai) or the bill’s sponsor (Daryl Metcalfe) call them both and ask for a case of proven voter fraud in PA. Guess what there isn’t one—EVER! The Governor had his redistricting deemed unconstitutional and his attempt to ram drilling past local ordinances. The vote ID aka “deliver PA for Romney” act is also unconstitutional and unAmerican.

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