At a time when voter ID laws in 30 states are coming under intense fire from the liberal media, the Obama administration and civil rights leaders, one of the strongest cases anywhere was offered for voter identification by the lone Republican on the three-member panel overseeing elections in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, City Commissioner Al Schmidt unveiled a 27 page report that his office had commissioned entitled “Voting Irregularities in Philadelphia County, 2012 Primary Election.” The report, which focused on cases in 15 of the city’s 1,687 election districts, found cases of double voting, voter impersonation, voting by non-citizens, and 23 cases of people who were unregistered to vote but nonetheless permitted to do so.
Almost as soon as the 40-year-old Schmidt released the report at a news conference, his two fellow commissioners — both Democrats — denounced its findings. Insisting that its findings did not document a problem with voting city-wise, Commission Chairman Stephanie Singer branded the report a “stunt.”
“I just told folks something that they would not have heard otherwise,” Schmidt told Human Events shortly after his news conference.
The Republican commissioner insisted that his report of voter irregularity in Philadelphia was not initiated to make a case for the Keystone State’s voter ID law, which requires voters to present a valid photo identification to receive the ballot. Democrats — including Singer — and numerous liberal outlets have called for legal action to thwart implementation of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that Pennsylvania’s law violates the state constitution by depriving certain citizens of their right to vote.
“The courts should listen and issue an injunction that prevents the enforcement of this law before the November election,” said an editorial from the Washington Post last week.