Politics

Audio: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe Claims 47% of Americans are "Too Lazy" to get Voter IDs

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA), the sponsor of Pennsylvania’s controversial ID law, which is still being fought out in the courts, attacked the "47 percent" of Americans that Mitt Romney spoke about in a recent video published by Mother Jones.

Rep. Metcalfe (R-PA), told KDKA radio that his voter ID law will only prevent “lazy” people from voting (audio below), reports ThinkProgress.org.

He also claimed that legitimate voters must take on the "responsibility" of a voter I.D. that "goes with" their right to vote. However, that view is not supported by the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Voting Act or any U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Rep. Metcalfe said: "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. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that."