Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele doesn't understand the law she has to enforce.
The controversial, legally dubious voter-ID scheme in Pennsylvania has struggled quite a bit lately, but if anything, the issues plaguing the law are becoming more serious, not less.
Last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R), who signed the voter-suppression measure into law, fielded a reporter's question on the subject, and couldn't remember the forms of ID he's requiring his constituents to have. Yesterday, this forgetfulness spread.
Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state's controversial voter ID law, said she wasn't sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.
"I don't know what the law says," Aichele said under questioning, according to CBS.
Aichele also couldn't provide any evidence that 99 percent of voters already have a valid form of ID, as the state has claimed.
It's worth emphasizing that the Secretary of the Commonwealth -- in effect, Pennsylvania's version of a Secretary of State -- is responsible for overseeing the state's elections process.
In other words, three months before voters head to the polls in a historic campaign cycle, Pennsylvania's top elections official doesn't understand a new voter-suppression law imposed by Republicans, and can't defend her own bogus claims about that law.
This ought to inspire confidence in the integrity of the state voting process, right?
In the meantime, Aviva Shen reported yesterday on the possibility of "chaos" in Pennsylvania elections this year, in large part because of the "impossible logistical burden of getting voters the proper identification in the next 100 days."
Remember, the new voting restrictions were entirely unnecessary. The tactics are ostensibly intended to prevent "fraud," but state officials recently conceded there's been no reported in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania and there isn't likely to be in 2012, either.
In other words, Pennsylvania Republicans passed the voter-ID law to prevent the scourge of voter fraud, which they now admit, formally and in writing, doesn't really exist.