The Associated Press reports Monday that new voter identification laws could block thousands of Americans from voting this fall. As part of its investigation, the AP examined voting in the 2008 general election in Indiana and Georgia, where it found more than 1,200 votes were thrown out. But the state that could be worst affected in 2012, a voters rights group tells Whispers, is the swing state of Pennsylvania. Last week, Pennsylvania officials released new data that estimated 750,000 voters who don’t have photo IDs could be impacted by new voter identification laws. Marcia F. Johnson-Blanco, co-director of the Voting Rights Project, said that number makes sense. And she notes that the groups most affected by the law will be Pennsylvania’s minorities and elderly–voters that most often for Democrats.
A number of voter ID laws were introduced over the last two years by Republicans who cited problems of voter fraud. Those laws now exist in more than two dozen states. But Democrats say the laws are intended to hurt their voter base. While recent polls favor President Obama in Pennsylvania, for example, the state’s House Majority Leader, Republican Rep. Mike Turzai, recently commented that the state’s new law “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”