The right wing has a magnificent tendency to solve problems that don't
exist in a way that tilts the playing field for their own side. For the
latest example, we need look no further than Pennsylvania,
where Governor Ed Rendell is poised to veto legislation that serves
little real purpose other than helping conservatives build power. As
Tom Ferrick, Jr., aptly described, HB1318 would have made it less likely that low-income citizens were voting by instituting rigorous ID requirements and shutting down polling places. The regulations are a joke as fraud is extremely rare, but the provisions being advanced are widely acknowledged to undermine turnout among low-income and urban residents.