On Wednesday, a Pennsylvania judge upheld a controversial voter ID law that critics say could disqualify hundreds of thousands of voters. Republican lawmakers have openly admitted the law was designed to impact the result of the November election. In June, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai listed off a number of legislative accomplishments. "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: Done," Turzai said. Meanwhile, Florida, New Mexico and other states are being accused of purging voters ahead of the election. "Whenever states determine that they want to purge or clean up their rolls, it takes time, it has to be done efficiently and effectively. And waiting to do so, until very close up to the election, always raises concerns about why a state is doing it so close to an election," said Nicole Austin-Hillery of the Brennan Center for Justice. "We're always concerned about errors and the fact that innocent people, individuals who are indeed eligible, registered voters, we're always worried about whether those people will be erroneously kicked off the rolls."
Published on Aug 17, 2012 by democracynow