Sponsor of Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Says 47% Shouldn't Get To Vote

Americans receiving government benefits do not deserve the right to vote, according to the Republican author of Pennsylvania's harsh new voter ID law.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA), told KDKA Radio on Wednesday morning that his law will only disenfranchise “lazy” people, like the ones Mitt Romney referred to in the secretly taped video of a private Florida fundraiser in May where he railed against the "47 percent" of Americans who he said don't pay federal taxes and are pathetic government aid recipients.

Here is the dialogue, as transcribed by Think Progress.

HOST: Are you absolutely convinced…that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?

METCALFE: I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsiblity that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania's Republican Senate Majority leader was caught on camera bragging that the new voter ID law would help Romney win the state.

Whether the law will be in place for November is an open question. Just days ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent a lawsuit seeking to suspend the law it back to a lower state court, telling that court that if any registered voter could not get the newly required state ID cards before the 2012 election, then the law should be put on hold until there were no barriers to voting.

Voting rights groups sued the state this summer, saying that as many as 750,000 legal voters would not be able to obtain the ID cards because the state's motor vehicle agency was too slow to process requests. As of this week, the state had only issued 9,000 new IDs, those lawyers said at a press conference following the state Supreme Court's decision.

The Commonwealth Court is scheduled to take up the case on Tuesday. But on Thursday, voting rights lawyers led by the state ACLU chapter filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction to block the law until the lower court holds an evidentiary hearing. They want that Court to issue that injunction by Friday.

For more information on the case, here's the ACLU-PA's blog.

AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld

Posted at September 20, 2012, 9:17am

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