PA State Rep. Metcalfe: 47 Percent “Living Off The Public Dole” Likely “Too Lazy” To Get ID To Vote

From a September 19, 2012, interview with Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalf (R) on KDKA’s Mike Pintek show, via ThinkProgress:

METCALFE: Ultimately, the burden isn’t on the state to make sure every individual does what they have to do to get their ID card. I mean, individuals have certain responsibilities in securing their ID. They have to present the documents needed. The state doesn’t have that burden. I think the individual does, and I think it ultimately is a great travesty of justice to violate the rights of millions to have their legally cast vote protected for the special interests of a few individuals that are too lazy to get out there and get done what they have to to get their ID card.

MIKE PINTEK (HOST): Okay, are you absolutely convinced, and do you have assurances and can you give us assurances that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure that no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?

METCALFE: Yes. I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsibility that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. You know, we have – as Mitt Romney said, 47 percent of the people that are living off the public dole, living off of their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get off and – you know, to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. So, I mean, if individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.

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