Posts Tagged ‘Heather Lewis’

Voters all over Pennsylvania are laying down their cheese steaks to discuss a proposed voter ID law that would require everyone to show a valid, government issued identification at the polls on Election Day in November.  I know that for many readers this leads to two questions: “so what?” quickly followed by “who cares?”

So what?  A law that requires voters to present government ID may not seem like a very radical idea, but in reality a law like this would target a few specific demographics that statistics show tend not to have government identification.  These groups are mostly minorities and the elderly, and for those of you not familiar with this three ring circus we call politics, pretty much everyone in those groups are Democrats who would be casting their vote for President Obama in November.

Who cares?  Well, if you like Barack (I shook his hand once, we are on a first name basis) then you probably should care.  Pennsylvania is a major battleground state in what is shaping up to be a neck and neck race for the oval office.  So if you want to keep Mitt Romney’s special Mormon undergarments out of the White House washing machine, listen up.

Politics is full of sly handiwork and redistricting that have the specific goal of getting a candidate the upper hand in the election, so this is no big deal, right?  Wrong!  When politicians play dirty, they are sneaky about it.  Being sneaky is politics 101, you learn it in dirty politician school right before you start the chapter on bagging call girls and never actually answering a question.  Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Mike Turzai spoke about the law, saying “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.  Done.”  That’s pretty bold Mr. Turzai…and not sneaky whatsoever!

But even more insulting than passing a law that deliberately disenfranchises nearly ten percent of (mostly Democrat) Pennsylvania voters is the fact that Republican supporters of the law say that it is necessary to prevent voter fraud.  Proponents of the law who are not quite as bold as Turzai claim that the enormous issue posed by voter fraud needed to be addressed, and that the law is in no way part of a partisan agenda.  For the record, there were 13 cases of voter fraud recorded between 2000 and 2010, so it is comforting knowing that Republicans are tackling such a serious issue.  Next on their agenda is the enormous number of undocumented leprechauns running wild through the woods of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about voter ID laws and make sure that you are prepared to cast your vote in November check out this website and keep on Jerkin.

-Heather Lewis

Meet the Bloggers: Heather Lewis

Posted: September 7, 2012 by jerkmagblog in RANT -- politics
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Greetings Jerks!  I’m Heather Lewis and I’m going to be bringing you all the political updates you will need this fall.  I am new at Jerk and I couldn’t be more excited to be covering the mudslinging and scandals bound to come our way this campaign season.  But before we get to that I will tell you all a little bit about myself…

 Year and Major: I am a senior political science major, heavy on the politics, light on the science.
Hometown: Allentown, PA, the Billy Joel song says all you need to know.
Most Embarrassing Moment: The aftermath of 90% of the things that come out of my mouth.
Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: I’ve gotten away with it, why spoil the fun now?
Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: Any and all of the Harry Potter movies, my Hogwarts application is pending.
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