The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania applauds Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley for his ruling to permanently enjoin Pennsylvania's voter ID law.
The decision means that the hundreds of thousands of state voters who lack ID no longer have to worry about this restrictive law obstructing their right to vote. The league, one of the plaintiffs in the case, wants all citizens to actively participate in our government. By upholding voting rights, the judge ruled on the side of the people of Pennsylvania.
The plaintiffs argued that the voter ID law would disenfranchise droves of Pennsylvania voters lacking the required forms of ID. The law was most onerous for the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income voters. All would have had to travel to one of only 71 PennDOT locations to obtain identification.
Attorneys also showed the state's misleading “education” campaign caused widespread confusion for both voters and poll worker and the state was simply unable to get IDs to the people who needed them. And as state officials admitted, no evidence of in-person voter fraud exists.
If upheld, this law would have had catastrophic consequences by undermining access to voting. The ruling is a victory for all Pennsylvanians and the integrity of our democracy.
Susan J. Carty
The writer is the president of League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.
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