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Casey to Gov: Don't Appeal Voter ID Ruling

In a letter to the governor, Senator Bob Casey urged the state to end its pursuit of implementing the voter identification law.

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is calling on the Corbett Administration to drop its pursuit of implementing the state’s controversial voter identification law after a judge reaffirmed it is unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley on Monday rejected the state's motion to reinstate the law. A 30-day appeal period is now underway.

In a letter to the governor, Casey urged the state to end its pursuit of implementing the voter identification law, which he says could prevent thousands of Pennsylvanians from voting.

“The court has exposed so called Voter ID for what it really is: a scheme that could prevent thousands of Pennsylvanians from exercising their right to vote,” Senator Casey said in the letter. “Implementing Voter ID would prevent tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians from exercising their right to vote, including elderly Pennsylvanians who’ve fought in our wars and worked to make our country safe. It’s time for these appeals to end.”

In January, Judge McGinley ruled that the law “unreasonably burdens the right to vote” guaranteed by the state constitution.

He reaffirmed that ruling Monday, noting that the law failed to provide liberal access to state-issued identification that would satisfy the law’s requirements. 

“Equal access to the ballot is a bedrock principle of our nation that must not be violated. Historically, the Commonwealth has always moved to expand and encourage voting by our citizens. This Voter ID law would reverse much of the progress we’ve made over the years. I urge you not to appeal this decision, but to work to ensure that measures designed to protect the electoral process encourage participation and access as a critical part of that protection,” Casey wrote to the governor.

APF May 05, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Democrats fear voter ID. Then they cannot bus people by the masses to the polls to pull the lever for them. They love the poor so much that they are striving to create many more (hello- Medicaid expansion --?? is this $$ for expansion going to just fall from the sky?? ). Isnt this Obama economy proof enough for you of a miserable failure??? How many Americans have been 'helped' by Obamacare vs. hurt by either losing their health plan or having their premiums double. Wake up DemocRATS
APF May 05, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Art- Corbett may not be an easy swoosh out. Many Pennsylvanians have been negatively affected by the ACA and will not support a candidate, Democrat or Republican, that supports Obama at this point. Obama's disaster of a rollout of the ACA may have helped the GOP this election year. Time will tell of course....
Danielle Scherer May 08, 2014 at 04:38 PM
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/04/wisconsin_s_voter_id_decision_judge_lynn_adelman_destroys_the_conservative.html
Wallst May 25, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Just another way for Republicans to steal elections.
Vote Dem May 25, 2014 at 07:52 PM
good link Danielle, thanks for posting that

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