The Department of Justice is investigating another state over controversial Voter Suppression ID laws that will end up kicking millions of Democratic voters off the rolls. This time it’s Pennsylvania, with the DOJ launching a formal investigation into whether the state’s new Voter Suppression ID law discriminates against minorities.
The DOJ has already filed suit against Texas and South Carolina over their respective Voter Suppression ID laws – but the investigation into Pennsylvania marks the first time the DOJ has targeted a state not covered under the Civil Rights Act, which protects minorities living in states with a history of racial discrimination. The state’s Voter Suppression ID law is also being challenged within Pennsylvania, as a number of plaintiffs led by 93-year-old Viviette Applewhite, who will be unable to obtain the necessary identification to vote, are suing the state to have the law repealed.
Pennsylvania is the perfect example of why these Voter Suppression ID laws are not about curbing voter fraud, which virtually doesn’t exist, but actually about helping Republicans win in November. As Pennsylvania’s Republican Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, told a group of fellow Republicans in June, “Voter ID…is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”