Warminster Patch Reacts to Voter ID Decision
Sound off on the Commonwealth Court's decision to uphold the controversial voter ID law.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson upheld Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law, but that’s not the end of the story.
At the conclusion of the hearing, both sides said they would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court if they lost. In this case, the loser is American Civil Liberties Union legal director Vic Walczak.
He told The Washington Post that the case isn't over. “It’s why they make appeals courts.”
Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election fast approaches, according to the Associated Press.
Pennsylvania passed a law in March requiring all registered voters to show a valid and “acceptable” photo ID before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation.
Opponents of the law say it disproportionately targets the elderly as well as the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democrat. Furthermore, critics say that the burden of obtaining an acceptable ID for these people would keep them from voting.They add that preventing voter fraud (the supposed purpose of the law) is not a serious concern.
Thirty states have some sort of Voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, of those, 19 do not require a photo, six require a photo and five, including Pennsylvania, have strict photo requirements.
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