Bloomberg has another roundup on Voter ID bills approved by GOP legislatures possibly hurting Obama's reelection chances that mentions Pa but is based in Florida.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wrote supporters today saying the bills "could cost us the election" and urged them to sign an online petition criticizing them.

Chris Potter at Pittsburgh City Paper read through the Pa lawsuit transcripts and focused on this nugget from state staffer Rebecca Oyler on voters who might be affected by the Pa's new bill:

Oyler's estimate: roughly 75,000 registered voters. After the bill became law, the state revised her estimate slightly upward — to more than 750,000 voters.

Why had Oyler been so far off? It's actually not her fault. As Oyler testified, she was responding to a request from the House Appropriations Committee, which wanted to know how much it "would cost to issue free ID cards."

"You didn't have a lot of time to do that estimate, did you?" asked an attorney for those seeking to overturn the law.

"No," Oyler answered.

"They gave you a 24-hour turnaround?"

"Thereabouts, yes."

Let's pause here a moment. The voter-ID law — a measure to reshape the basic mechanism by which democracy functions — was first introduced in March 2011. It went through a slew of Republican-dominated committees in the House and Senate. Yet throughout that year-long process, only one committee asked, "How many people could lose their voting rights here?" And that committee devoted just 24 hours to finding an answer.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.


Get PG politics coverage by e-mail!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner