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PHILADELPHIA (CAP) - In the wake of national controversy surrounding Pennsylvania's stringent voter identification requirements, Gov. Tom Corbett has called for a public referendum on the voter ID law, the constitutionality of which is currently being bounced around in the state court system.
The referendum would empower state residents to vote for or against the so-called "One Real Voter, One Real Vote" amendment to the state's constitution.
The adoption of such an amendment would, of course, have eliminated the need for a court ruling on the matter. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the voter ID law and the proposed referendum "a brilliant and courageous step toward protecting the essential freedoms of white, upper middle class men everywhere."
Including Romney himself, many political analysts predict that if the law is upheld, the voter ID requirements will effectively disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered voters, resulting in Pennsylvania victory for Romney in the November election.
"Why should a group of liberal, legally trained, thinking judges off in some courtroom somewhere decide this issue?" remarked Romney. "This is a matter for voters to decide for themselves."
And many might arguably have agreed. However, Corbett's plan to sidestep judicial review of the voter ID law through the referendum contained, as Pennsylvania's House Majority Leader and voter ID proponent Mike Turzai put it, "Just one tiny glitch."
The glitch: there aren't enough people in Pennsylvania with the requisite government-issued ID to even vote in Gov. Corbett's proposed referendum.
"It left us in a bit of a bind," admitted the governor, who signed the voter ID bill into law. "But we stand by our voter ID law. Pennsylvania is willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate voting fraud.
"Even if that means eliminating voting entirely," he noted.
According to confidential CAP News sources, Romney turned pensive, even philosophical, upon being informed of the failure of the proposed referendum.
"It's like that age-old question, if a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?" Romney opined. "If there's an election and no one can vote ... well, you see what I'm saying."
Yes, Mitt. We do.