GOP's Mike Turzai Issues Pa. Voter ID Statement

Rep. Mike Turzai stands by controversial Pa. Voter ID law

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) iissued a statement in response to today’s Commonwealth Court decision on the voter identification law.

Turzai is closely linked to the Voter ID controversy because of his comment that the new law would help Gov. Mitt Romney win Pennsylvania.

Turzai said Tuesday:

“Today’s decision by the Commonwealth Court upholds Act 18, and voter identification, and that is good.

“Voter Identification is about ensuring the integrity of our elections and preserving the principle of the ‘One person, One vote’ doctrine.

“When votes are diluted through fraud, the system starts to break down. Voter identification has always been about creating a level playing field where every Pennsylvanian’s vote represents an equal opportunity to have a voice in government.  

“The fact is, the election integrity provisions that have passed the House have been to preserve the right of every citizen who is entitled to vote to be able to vote, and every citizen who votes should be sure that his or her vote has not been diluted by somebody else’s fraud.”

WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. October 02, 2012 at 06:27 PM
What about your disgusting declaration that the law ensures Romney's election?
An interested bystander October 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
This law, applied fairly and with a quick, easy (and free for low income) way to get appropriate ID benefits all. And since people need ID to get a job, it will help them too.
Reaganite October 02, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I like that a judge can overrule the will of the people's elected reps. Over 70% of the people approve of the law that was written.
Steven Margolis October 02, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Reaganite, you have a misunderstanding of the ruling, the law was not 'overruled' its implementation was delayed until after this election, especially since the state ADMITTED that there WOULD be some voters, who had a right to vote, who would not be able to get to vote, because of the lack of time (and the state's lack of ability) to get them the proper ID prior to elections. Further, Turzai's statement that "Voter Identification is about ensuring the integrity of our elections and preserving the principle of the ‘One person, One vote’ doctrine." is pure unadulterated horse hockey. In arguing the case the state admitted that in person voter fraud (what picture ID is supposed to prevent) has "NEVER occurred in Pennsylvania" There is not one reported incident in the history of elections in this Commonwealth of this ever occurring. The passing of this law (which he admitted in an unscripted moment was for Pennsylvania to assure Romney's election) was as necessary as a law requiring citizens to have insurance protecting against injury from flying pigs. Sure, you'll be protected if it ever happens...
louis kootsares October 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM
anyone should be concerned about voter fraud, but if the republican party really wanted to tip the scales for their candidates ..they would try getting an iq test for every voter,that would eliminate a mess of ayatolla obahma voters
Amend October 03, 2012 at 02:13 AM
How can anyone take Turzia seriously with this statement after his earlier comment regarding voter ID? There's no reason to mention that voter ID would give Romney an advantage in PA if you're truly focused on voter integrity. How do those two things correlate? Unless he's under the impression that tens of thousands of people were going to vote democratic in the upcoming election, why assume Romney would gain an advantage? And if he truly assumed that to be a fact, even tho there isn't evidence to support that opinion, should make his constituents question his logic and integrity.
Steve Karas October 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
The whole law was about the inability of one party to draw voters to them. So they decided to try to make it more difficult for those voters to vote. It was unconstitutional, deceptive, and wrong. Turzai should resign.
Bracken Burns October 03, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Wow! Great idea...then we could have a test of how much money a voter has and then how many Cadillacs a voter's wife has, etc, until eventually Mitt can elect himself since he will be the only eligible voter! Are you REALLY that naive...REALLY that elitist?
Bracken Burns October 03, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Yeah, I like it too! Especially since the "law" would disenfranchise thousands of citizens so that the party that made up this ruse can elect their candidate who couldn't get elected otherwise. This "law" is not only unconstitutional but it is UnAmerican, unworthy, unethical, unneeded, and unfit for any honest elected official to support.
Country1st October 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
This is Turzai doing damage control. And I don't remember any other PA GOP politician coming out with a statement like the one Turzai is making here after Turzai's comment about the law "...will allow Romney to win..." Corbett didn't say a thing. This law was rammed down our throat by a governor who didn't run on "fixing voter fraud" with a new voter registration law -- and PA taxpayers are spending $1000s to do the right thing with Corbett's mess. Why is it that Corbett keeps getting a pass?
Majic 57 October 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
In looking at a total review of all , it boggles the mind in understand why republicans are so set on destroying this president. Is it a race issue, personal issue or are they just bent on dividing this country in to those that have it and want more or those that have nothing and getting less. I have noted over the last several months that every time you ask a republican representative a question they always revert back to a failed policy, but have yet to give an answer of how they would fix it and what they would bring to the table. Very simple just answer the question. But that's the republican way blame it, don't answer the question and divert the attention to some thing else. Turzai we are alot smarter than you give us credit for. We are not sheep standing on the mountain waiting to see whose going to jump first.
Frightwingslayer October 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Hopefully the Republicans will stop their fraud machine now..Oops, I forgot, they just fired them cause they got caught..
Ronnie DelBacco October 03, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Amend, With that line of reasoning, how does Joe Biden have 1/2 an ounce of credibility on anything?
Ronnie DelBacco October 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Majic, Please. Enough with the race baiting. Obama would not have been elected without white voters, so knock it off already with whipping out the race card. It's the economy, liberty, broken promises, mounting debt on our children, etc. It never was a race issue. I don't know an American who wasn't proud that we have come so far and finally elected a 1/2 black president. (Well, except for Michelle Obama who "for the first time was proud to be an American") Disappointment with Obama is because of what he has done to this country fiscally, security wise, and emotionally. Again, it has nothing to do with race.
Amend October 03, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@Ronnie- you seem to have missed my point. Joe Biden may be lack grace, but I can't recall him ever openly endorsing legislation aimed at suppressing republican voting in an effort to get Obama to win PA, or any other state for that matter, and then put out a public statement regarding said legislation.


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