On Saturday at a GOP State Committee Meeting, Pennsylvania’s House Majority Leader made a comment that lead to a press conference on Tuesday, headed by Democratic lawmakers. Democratic lawmakers say the comment proves that Republican lawmakers had ill intentions when passing the voter identification law.
PA House Majority leader Mike Turzai was quoted as saying, “Voter ID which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, Done.”
In response Senator Vincent Hughes, D-Phila/Montgomery said at Tuesday’s press conference, “He clearly has no intention, no intention in getting folks to the polls. All this is about is a big charade to get people disenfranchised and deny their access to the vote. One of the very foundations of this nation is to get people to vote.”
Senator Hughes said he’s also concerned about the millions of dollars spent on the PA Voter ID Education program.
“We're very concerned about how that money is supposed to be used in the process,” said Senator Hughes. “We're very concerned about if it will be truly utilized as its supposed intentions are which is to enfranchise people.”Democratic leaders say the law hurts the poor, elderly, and minority who might not have an ID. One of the opposing arguments is the law eliminates voter fraud. Wisconsin ruled the voter ID law unconstitutional in March when it was originally passed.