Maryann Tobin

In Pennsylvania, where up to 750,000 citizens could be disenfranchised, a ruling is expected to stop voter ID efforts, due to the difficulty and costs associated with obtaining the required ID.

If there was any legitimate reason for strict new voter ID laws, they wouldn't be getting struck down by courts all over the country. They are not only illegal, they represent desperate efforts by Republicans to try to win elections with policies and an ideology that the American people do not support.

"The voter ID initiatives sponsored by Republicans are a clear indication of the national degradation of that political party," and "There is obviously a feeling among, particularly members of the GOP's conservative wing, that if certain segments of the general population of this country — seniors, the poor, students — are not kept out of the political process, it can't survive on its merits," according to New Hampshire's Seacoast news.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania state House Republican leader Mike Turzai was videotaped saying that his state's voter ID law would "allow governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania," which implies that without it, the rightful winner would be President Obama.

It's hard to miss the rather obvious endorsement of election result tampering with a statement like that.

Overall, the decisions overturning voter ID laws have been based on discrimination against specific voting blocks, including African Americans, the elderly, students, and Hispanics.

According to court documents filed by attorney defending the Pennsylvania voter ID law, there has not be a single case of voter fraud prosecuted in the entire state.

There is also little evidence of voter fraud nationally.

"The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000."

That means that over the past 12 years, among 146 million registered U.S. voters, only 1 out of every 15 million votes have been fraudulent.

The only thing overwhelming about voter ID laws is the lack evidence to support the need for them. Add to that the fact that the laws have been enacted in Republican-controlled states, and it is difficult to believe that are designed to do anything but tamper with election results to favor Republicans.

Simply put, it's cheating. And the reason the Republicans need to cheat to win is because their radical conservative Tea Party agenda is unpopular, regressive and discriminatory against specific ethnic groups, the working class and women.

Americans don't really want to run backwards, but that is the only direction the Tea Party-hijacked GOP wants to go. Their most popular words are; slash, cut, reduce, shrink, eliminate, phase-out, defund, and repeal.

The Wall Street Journal adds some substance to the suggestion that the time for radical conservatism may be over.

"Richard Mourdock, the Republican state treasurer, used tea-party support to pull off a primary win over Mr. Lugar, a 36-year Senate veteran and respected voice on foreign affairs. In the days after his victory, Mr. Mourdock gave interviews with a hard, partisan edge. "I certainly think that bipartisanship should consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view," he said. And he declared, "To me, the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else."

That's not how America is supposed to work and American's know it. But if everyone who is eligible to vote gets to have their say, the Republican Party is done – and they know it.

Therefore, the only widespread fraud going on here is not coming from voters. It's coming from a desperate GOP that only wants to "inflict" their social agenda and tax free ride for millionaires on everyone else.


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