PA Voter I.D. Rejected

PA Voter I.D. Rejected

Judge declares law unconstitutional.
ALTOONA  - A Pennsylvania judge had declared Pennsylvania's voter identification law unconstitutional.  The ruling came in response to a lengthy hearing held this past summer.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Pennsylvania voter identification law since it was signed into law by Governor Corbett back in March of 2012.

The Pennsylvania law struck down today called for any Pennsylvania voter to present an acceptable form of photo identification when voting in person. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said that requirement places an unreasonable burden the fundamental right to vote. Political experts who have been following the many twists in this case say they are not surprised by the decision.

"From what I know of the case, it doesn't sound like the State of Pennsylvania had a great argument   for why this was a compelling reason   to change voter rules.   We don't have a lot of evidence of in person voter fraud, and so this is a pretty difficult case for the state to make."

Democratic leaders on both the state and local level were today applauding the Judge's ruling.  Their position is this state law was specifically designed to   keep some voters away from the polls.

"The people  that are diminished, with the ability to vote  were the minorities,   the Blacks and the Hispanics,   the elderly  and college students  and many of these people  historically vote Democratic."

Republican leaders from across the state say they are disappointed with the Court decision   but they are not giving up on what they call an effort to combat voter fraud in the state.  That view was shared by local Republican leaders who predict today's ruling will lead to a quick appeal.
"We are obviously disappointed about this particular ruling but I believe that the Republican State Committee and the governor's office and the legislature   are going to be weighing all of their legal options."

A spokesperson for the Corbett Administration said late Friday afternoon they are weighing their appeal options.  Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her office is ready to defend the  voter i-d law in court if the Corbett Administration does file an appeal.

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