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Voter ID Law

Commonwealth Judge Denies ACLU Request To Change Voter ID Ads

A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Thursday that he will not interfere in a dispute between the state and voting rights advocates over voter ID ads.

11/02/2012

(Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Department Of State: Voter ID Decision Had Minimal Impact On Budget

The Department of State spent millions in federal tax dollars educating voters on the voter ID law, only to have to revise ads after a judge blocked the law for November.

10/26/2012

(Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Opponents Asking That Pennsylvania Make It Clear Photo ID’s Not Required

Opponents of the state’s new Voter ID law have gone back to court, concerned that state officials are not doing enough to inform the public that photo ID’s are not a requirement to vote in next month’s election.

10/19/2012

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Voter Rights Advocates Using Election To Collect Data On Voter ID Law

Voting rights advocates want to use November 6th to test the real world impact of the law on voters.

10/15/2012

(Pa. state rep. Daryl Metcalfe, left, is interviewed by KDKA radio host Mike Pintek.  Credit: NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)

Sponsor of Pa. Voter ID Law Blames ‘Activist Judge’ For Tuesday’s Ruling

On a radio show in Pittsburgh, the sponsor of the bill — Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County, left) — savaged the ruling.

10/02/2012

Even After Judge’s Ruling, Pa. Voter ID Opponents Not Slowing Down

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.

10/02/2012

(This woman got a Penndot ID card in anticipation that she would need it to vote.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

Judge Rules Photo ID Won’t Be Required For Pennsylvania Voters This Year

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.

10/02/2012

(File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Commonwealth Court Hears Closing Arguments In Voter ID Case

The parties in the voter ID case presented closing arguments yesterday, closing two full days of testimony before the Commonwealth Court on the accessibility of voter IDs, after the state Supreme Court asked the judge to reconsider his decision not to block the law.

09/28/2012

(Credit: John Ostapkovich)

As Courts Reevaluate Voter ID Law, Pa. Eases Procedure For Obtaining a Card

As of Tuesday morning, voters can get a voting-only ID without first trying to get a Penndot ID and without showing two proofs of residence.

09/25/2012

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Minimal Burden On Tax Payers For Pennsylvania’s Voter Education Effort

TV and radio ads; robocalls and mass mailings; Sounds like all of this effort would mean a big burden on Pennsylvania tax payers, but spokesman Ron Ruman says the cost to the Commonwealth is a minimum.

09/22/2012

(Parkhouse Geriatric Center, in Royersford, Pa.  Photo provided)

Montco Will Offer Voter IDs To All County Residents Through Its Nursing Home

Montgomery County, Pa. is making it easier for eligible voters in the county to get a photo ID in time to cast their ballot in the November election.

09/21/2012

(The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard the Voter ID appeal in its Philadelphia courtroom, in a proceeding that was televised -- a rare occurrence for the state's high court.  File photo)

Legal Expert: ‘Unlikely Court Could Do Anything But Issue An Injunction’ In Voter ID Case

The Commonwealth Court is set to hear more evidence on the voter ID law next week. A legal expert explains why the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to punt the ball back to the lower court.

09/21/2012

(Angela Lee of PennPIRG, right, listens as Delaware Valley College senior Shelby Rolla speaks with reporters outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Survey: Thousands of College Students May Be Disenfranchised by Pa. ID Law

A new survey finds that Pennsylvania colleges are doing a lot better at making sure students face no surprises this November at the polls, but some are not providing compliant student IDs.

09/19/2012

(The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard the Voter ID appeal in its Philadelphia courtroom, in a proceeding that was televised -- a rare occurrence for the state's high court.  File photo)

Pa. Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Ruling Back To Lower Court For Review

Opponents of Pennsylvania’s recently enacted voter ID law have notched a preliminary victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

09/18/2012

from left: Former Governor Ed Rendell; Michael Williams, NAACP Voter Empowerment Project; Robert Williams, Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden; Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania; John Fund, National Review magazine; Ronald Ruman, Director of Communications, PA Department of State (credit: Ian Bush)

Voter ID Laws Under Microscope Of Constitution

As Pennsylvania’s highest court considers arguments over the state’s voter ID law, a panel discussion on Monday at the National Constitution Center featured arguments for and against.

09/18/2012

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