by JIM HARRIS
Pennsylvania law now requires all voters to present a photo ID every time they go to the polls. Many Democrats see this as an effort by Republicans to keep minorities and the poor from voting.
A spokesperson for the Romney campaign pooh-poohs this, stating that “The Governor has been reaching out to minorities for some time now — literally. Whenever he sees people of color, he reaches out for them. Unfortunately, so far, most of them have been able to jump out of the way.”
While party officials deny any intent to manipulate voter turnout, certain super Pac think tanks are not so innocent in this respect. According to J. Paul Moneybags of The Mayflower Institute, “We have developed a collection of what we call diversionary scenarios which we believe can alter voter turnout without technically violating anyone’s rights.
“For example, by manipulating a series of traffic cones outside of polling places, we can ‘profile’ approaching voters and direct them in a way that suits our political needs. We want certain types of voters, if you know what I mean, to wind up like the cannibal who showed up late for dinner. In other words, we want them to get the cold shoulder.
“In one scenario, extremely elderly folks would be funneled around the building to the back door where a man in a suit would say, ‘Thanks for voting.’ We figure that many of them would never realize that they hadn’t actually voted. Also, if they had a photo ID, we would ask them to insert it into the ‘validating machine,’ which would actually be a shredder.
“Young, first-time male voters would be channeled into booths containing video games where they would quickly forget about voting and spend the next 12 hours blowing the heads off of zombies. By that time the polls would have all closed.
“Additionally, in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, we plan to release thousands of raccoons near all the polling places. If there’s one thing that big city people are deathly afraid of, it’s raccoons.
“We have also placed ads on billboards advertising a 1-800 hotline that people can call if they have trouble obtaining a photo ID. Our professional counselors then explain to the callers that it’s not really worth the effort to get an ID because nothing ever changes no matter who wins some stupid election.
“We are also suggesting some new bills to be proposed in the next session of the Penna. House of Representatives. One bill would require prospective voters to show both a platinum Visa card and a college diploma while saying ‘Rubber baby buggy bumpers’ 10 times fast. Another bill proposes that the clock be set forward 23 hours every election day in Philadelphia only in order to ‘conserve energy,’ thus leaving only one hour in which to vote.
“Helping Mitt Romney invalidate Democratic voters is much more important and more fun than my last job. I was working in an orange juice factory, but I was canned because I couldn’t concentrate.”
In addition to all of those proposals from the Mayflower Institute, the federal government is busy working on a system of its own that would eliminate the need for photo IDs altogether, as well as speed up the voting process and prevent long lines at the polls. It involves implanting E-Z Pass transponders into the brains of registered voters, thus enabling them to run through the voting booth without even slowing down.
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