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Pennsylvania judge does not halt state law demanding ID cards for voters

by Admin 16. August 2012 11:36

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is prepared to require voters during Election Day in November to display photo identification cards prior to casting ballots, according to a published report.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson did not issue an injunction on a voter identification law that critics say has a focus on voters who are of minority demographics and college students, the New York Times reports.

Opponents of the law, which included the American Civil Liberties Union, solicited the judge to impose a delay that would last beyond the early November election. But proponents of the law support it as a method of staving off opportunities for voter fraud.

"We're not done, it's not over," attorney Witold J. Walczak with the American Civil Liberties Union told The Associated Press. "It's why they make appeals courts."

The past few years have seen numerous states pass laws mandating voters have identification cards.

The law in Pennsylvania was passed earlier this year by the state legislature. Republican Governor Tom Corbett signed it into law in March.

The Civil Liberties Union is likely to appeal the judge's decision and the next step is the State Supreme Court, and that appeal is likely to be filed by the end of this week.

The judge did not issue an injunction to stop the law, which critics say presents challenges for voters who are older, poorer and in college.

The judge turned down claims that the law violates the constitution, noting how helpful it will be people working at voting stations.

"The statute simply gives poll workers another tool to verify that the person voting is who they claim to be," the judge said, according to The Associated Press.

He said the plaintiffs put together a strong effort of humanizing the law but also noted that officials and agencies are exerting effort into generating identification cards.

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