Sadly not comedy. Republicans turned the bogus threat of voter fraud into real fraud, to disenfranchise legitimate voter groups they feared would vote Democratic. Hopefully these draconian measures can be reversed before the next election.
These laws were enacted by Republican state legislatures with language written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing "think tank" (http://www.alec.org) that supports limited government, free markets and federalism. Or, translated for real Americans, no regulation, no regulation and no regulation.
Members of ALEC include national senators and representatives, big business leaders and the Chamber of Commerce. They are well funded and generally support only Republicans.
Introducing voter ID laws, they claim, is to prevent voter fraud: Claude votes in one precinct at Claude DeFraud and in another precinct as Claude DeFray. Or Claude, who is actually a dead person, gets to vote more than once under different names.
Except this happens so rarely (and risks jail time and fines) that the threat is overblown, yet risks disenfranchising millions of voters (Sarah says 21 million).
Reasons for dampening turnout are explained by this man: