Pa. Voter ID Law
The trial in the case challenging Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has wrapped up with closing arguments before a Commonwealth Court judge.
After several hours of wrangling over analysis of data pertaining to how many voters were unable to obtain proper ID prior to last year’s election, the judge postponed closing arguments until Thursday.
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The Harrisburg courtroom was standing-room-only as opening statements were presented. The complete presentation by both sides took just over one hour.
Pennsylvania’s voter ID law heads back to court Monday after nearly a year in legal purgatory. Opening arguments begin this afternoon in a trial that is expected to last two weeks.
“This decision was a bad day for America and for voting,” says Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center and one of the plaintiff attorneys in Pennsylvania’s yearlong battle over voter ID.
Pennsylvania’s voter ID law will be argued in Commonwealth Court next month but, according to ACLU attorney Vic Walczak, who represents the plaintiffs challenging the law, the issues are completely different.
ACLU legal director Vic Walczak says the judge will likely schedule a hearing between now and May to determine whether to block the law for the primary.
Election judges are still required to ask Pennsylvania voters for a photo ID. However, at least for this election, voters are not required to show it.
“Take those signs down — take ‘em down!” says former city councilman Juan Ramos.
Pennsylvania voters do not have to present a photo ID to vote next month, but Peco customers and city retirees recently received the wrong information in the mail.
Students at a Southwest Philadelphia high school are getting political, and they’re learning about casting their votes in the real world.
On a radio show in Pittsburgh, the sponsor of the bill — Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County, left) — savaged the ruling.
There was applause but not quite jubilation when the Pa. Voter ID Coalition got the news that photo ID cards would not be necessary for next month’s election.
Voters will still be asked for a valid voter ID at the poll in November. But if they don’t have it, they will still be able to cast their vote in the usual manner.