Is voting fraud in Pennsylvania really so prevalent that the state will risk disenfranchising voters?

The Pennsylvania Supreme court decides today whether the state’s new voter ID law will stay in effect for the upcoming presidential election. An article in yesterday’s Huffington Post by Trymaine Lee reported that over 40,000 minority voters could be disenfranchised if the law is upheld in PA alone.

The study sited by Lee comes from The Black Youth Project memo entitled: Turning Back The Clock On Voting Rights: The Impact Of New Voter Identification Requirements on Young People of Color. The website for the memo cautions that these laws will most adversely affect Florida and Pennsylvania.

In March Governor Corbett released a statement on signing the Voter ID Law, saying “I am signing this bill because it protects a sacred principle, one shared by every citizen of this nation. That principle is: one person, one vote. It sets a simple and clear standard to protect the integrity of our elections.”

As Pennsylvania insists voter fraud is an issue of State Supreme Court proportions it is interesting that they agreed on stipulations of the case recognizing that there have been no investigations into PA voter fraud and that the state is unaware of any cases of voter fraud in PA occurring in the state, ever. Why then does Governor Corbett feel the integrity of the Pennsylvania vote compromised? What has been misunderstood until now by Pennsylvanians concerning the standards and principles of voting?

On Tuesday CNBC’s Jim Cramer chimed in on the PA Voter ID Law when he is reported to have tweeted “I have a problem. My dad, a vet, won’t be allowed to vote in Pa. because he does not drive, he is elderly, and can’t prove his citizenship.” PennDOT quickly resolved the issue for Mr Cramer and his father, but not everyone is able to garner national media attention over a personal identification card. There are only 71 PennDOT Centers in all of Pennsylvania with almost 20% of those locations open only one day a week.

The ACLU says that in July PennDOT reported 759,000 registered voters did not appear in their system. With the possibility of even a single person being disenfranchised during a major presidential election without evidence of a single fraudulent vote in Pennsylvania elections history, if the state’s Supreme Court upholds the Voter ID Law, the hardships being described now will be only the begining of a long and difficult journey into the Presidential election.

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