Although voting requirements are well defined in the Constitution, a new Pennsylvania voting law could prevent up to nine percent of the state’s population from voting this November. The GOP-supported law contends that Pennsylvanians must present a government issued photo ID in order to enter a voting booth. However, approximately 750,000 of the state’s citizens lack proper identification.
Democrats fear that this measure, which primarily affects liberal leaning, lower-class residents, could have disastrous effects on their presidential election prospects. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Republican House leader Mike Turzai was caught boasting last month that the law was going to cause Mitt Romney to win the swing state. University of North Carolina law professor Kareem Crayton provides a closer look at the law’s potential consequences.