Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Supporters, Opponents React To Ruling
The decision is a victory for Democrats as many low-income voters without IDs won't be kept from voting in November. Republicans had been banking on the law to deliver Mitt Romney Pennsylvania, but Judge Robert Simpson postponed putting the law into effect until after the Nov. 6 election.
It appears supporters of the voter ID law are holding off any possible appeals at the moment. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said the ruling was "consistent" with the state's recommendation to keep the entirety of the law.
“As it comes to a preliminary injunction, no final decision has been made but you can see where we’re probably leaning," Corbett said.
The Pennsylvania GOP chairman saw the ruling as validation of the law's constitutionality.
“Poll after poll has shown that Pennsylvanians from both political parties overwhelmingly support voter ID legislation because, despite the empty rhetoric to the contrary, this legislation is still about ensuring one person, one vote,” Chairman Rob Gleason said in a statement.
Challengers of the law also appear to suggest that no appeals are in the works, but said they would like the state to pull ads stating Pennsylvanians need ID to vote.
“It could promote confusion among poll workers and any time you have confusion on Election Day, it’s not a good thing for democracy,” Pennsylvania ACLU Director Vic Walczak said.
A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation study found that more than 9 percent of registered voters in the Keystone State did not have the type if ID required under the new law, including 18 percent in the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia County.
Pennsylvania is one of 31 states with some variation of voter ID requirements in place. Georgia, Kansas, Tennessee and Indiana require government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.
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