Voter ID Laws: Pennsylvania & Michigan

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:38 AM EDT
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The State House of Representatives yesterday quickly and unanimously passed an election reform law that will, in effect, keep Grand Rapids Representative Roy Schmidt and House Speaker Jase Bolger from trying to rig another election.

The bill was endorsed by a vote of 106-0, and it now goes to the Senate.

It will set up time limits to keep candidates who wish to switch parties at the last second from doing so.

Another provision will allow a couple of days for the gap left by someone who deserts his or her party--as done by Schmidt--to be filled.

Tonight in Tom's Corner, Tom Van Howe says the bill's passage was accompanied by a show of chutzpa so brazen it ranks right up there with the worst.

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At first yesterday, I thought nothing could compare with Pennsylvania's new voter ID law.

Civil rights groups are arguing the law discriminates against older and minority voters.

And maybe in some cases they have a point.

But its hard for me to believe that most of any minority, and most older people don't have the wherewithal to get a state ID that can be shown at the polls. You have to have ID for almost anything else.

What shocked me was that the law was passed in the first place, and then was upheld yesterday in a court of law, without any evidence--and we're talking not-a-scintilla--that any election fraud ever took place.

It takes chutzpah to get a law passed to stamp out a problem for which there is no evidence that it even exists.

But we do have evidence of voter fraud in Michigan—thanks to Schmidt and Bolger—both of whom ought to be tossed out on their ears on November 6.

One can only hope.

Last week we heard Schmidt say he was going to have to try a little harder to explain himself.

I still wonder what that means.

He can't say he didn't try to rig an election by demonstrating his utter lack of respect for our electoral system.

But we hadn't heard much from his partner in fraud, Speaker Jase Bolger, until yesterday.

For the record, chutzpah is a yiddish word for unbridled temerity or effrontery—as in: the young man accused of murdering his parents begged the court for mercy because he no longer had a mother and father.

So after the Michigan House passed its election bill yesterday, a spokesman said--quoting now--"the whole elections process in Michigan has come under scrutiny lately, and many people, me included, have suggested that we need higher standards. Elections need to focus on voters, not opposition between parties."

Well, slap my face. Isn't that something?

Turns out, the spokesman is none other than Speaker Bolger—the man who caused the problem in the first place.

Not that you'd know from him.

But he's the man who by his own actions made it clear that—yes, higher standards are needed.

And whadaya know? He now thinks voters are more important than parties. Where was this guy a few months ago when he was trying to stiff the system?

Oh, that's right. He got caught.

In the future, if someone needs a definition of chutzpah, you can point the finger at Jase Bolger—the jovial fraud fighter from Marshall.

In this corner...I'm Tom Van Howe.
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