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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Voter ID Law Only Disenfranchises Lazy Voters

Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, the original sponsor of Pennsylvania’s strict voter ID law, said today that only people too lazy to be bothered to get their photo ID would be disenfranchised by the measure.  He included in this group the 47% of the population that don’t pay income taxes, as highlighted by Mitt Romney’s comments at a fundraiser in May.  When asked whether legitimate voters would be disenfranchised by the law, Metcalfe responded:

I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsiblity that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.

Some folks are too lazy to get
A voter ID that would let
Them vote for whoever they choose
And yet it is us they accuse
Of having a hand in promoting
The suppression of Democrat voting.

This is what Metcalfe said -
There’s something wrong with his head
He must a little bit crazy
If he thinks poor folks are just lazy
How does he come up with this shit?
I’ll bet it started with Mitt.

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