June 26th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Voter ID laws: necessary restrictions or partisan tools?

A top Republican in Pennsylvania is in hot water for a remark he made over the weekend claiming that the state's new voter ID law would allow Mitt Romney to win the state in November.

Rep. Mike Turzai, the state's House majority leader, made the comment during a meeting of the Republican State Committee, sparking a debate over the true purpose of voter ID laws. Proponents, almost exclusively Republican, claim that the laws cut down on voter fraud, while Democrats point to Turzai's remark as further evidence that these laws are intended to repress Democratic turnout.

Pennsylvania is just the latest state to sign some form of an ID bill into law, a trend that may be accelerating around the country. Here to discuss: John Avlon, Reihan Salam, and Roland Martin.

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  1. Jerry Wuchte

    I've heard several arguments including on your show tonight about voter ID laws being targeted at churches voting in mass. I'm sure they are using the church buses right after Sunday service for early voting. Aren't these churches in danger of losing their tax exempt staus if they engage in political campaign activity.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply

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