Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
The Harrisburg courtroom was standing-room-only as opening statements were presented. The complete presentation by both sides took just over one hour.
“If one citizen is deprived of the right to vote, that’s one too many,” said Joe Certaine, the coalition’s chief of operations.
The parties in the voter ID case agree that voters will not need to show photo ID at the polls in order to vote in May. They filed the agreement with the court Thursday.
A group of Pennsylvania legislators heard testimony from watchdog groups and voters on the state’s new voter ID law and problems it may have caused at the polls on Election Day 2012.
A legal challenge to the Pennsylvania law mandating photo identification for voters is tentatively scheduled for trial beginning July 15 in Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law snagged national headlines for months this year, sparking protests and a major legal battle that reached the state Supreme Court.
Philadelphia’s election watchdog group says voting in the city is being hampered by a registration issues, a claim disputed by the city officials who run the polling places.
A federal judge is expected to rule, today, on whether reporters can cover elections from inside Pennsylvania polling places.
Secretary Carol Aichele made a stop at Temple University on Thursday to talk about the voter ID law. On Tuesday, the Commonwealth Court ruled voters will not need photo ID for the November election.
After last week’s court ruling upholding Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law, election officials in Philadelphia are scrambling to make sure voters do have proper ID come November’s presidential election.