Pennsylvania Voters Can Skip The DMV, Voter ID Law Struck Down

Just thinking about going to the Department of Motor Vehicles induces anxiety and a stomach churn so bad I can’t move.  Pennsylvania residents with the same hatred of the never-ending lines and long wait will be happy to know a judge struck down a portion of the state’s voter ID law that requires voters to have a photo identification card in order to cast a ballot.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley ruled the state’s voter ID law places an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote and does not further the goal of assuring a free and fair election. The decision will likely be appealed, the New York Times reports.

The voter ID law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March 2012, required voters to present a specific identification card before entering the voting booth. The law was barred from being enforced before the 2012 general election.

Friday’s ruling puts an end to two-year old lawsuit filed by the ACLU and NAACP. The suit featured a 93-year-old woman as the lead plaintiff. The woman, a long time voter and political activist, doesn’t have a driver’s license and would be unable to get the proper ID needed to vote because the state has been unable to find her a replacement birth certificate.

This summer, during a 12-day trial, supporters of the law argued a personal identification card was a common sense way to keep people from impersonating someone else at the voting booth, while opponents said the inconvenience of getting proper identification cards would discourage potential voters.

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down [New York Times]

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  1. PhillyDom says:

    Good riddance! I’m disabled and homebound. Under this law I would not have been allowed to vote, because I can’t get to the PennDOT office to have my photo taken for the ID card.

    Which was the goal – Republicans blocking Democrats from voting.

  2. oneSqueakyWheel says:

    It’s a rare individual who doesn’t need a photo ID at some point in their lifetime- i hope this goes through on appeal to discourage dishonesty at the polls and prevent multiple votes in multiple jurisdictions by one individual. Should have been done years ago- glad i live in a state (VA) that knows this!

    • PhillyDom says:

      Yes, many people need photo ID at some point in their life – many are UNABLE to get it, as you’d know if you bothered to read the post immediately above yours.

      The type of vote fraud that a photo-ID requirement is all but non-existent. The number of people who can’t get state-issued photo ID, like me, is not.

      Your support of photo-ID laws is mere political tribalism – you want your side to win, and you don’t care how it’s done.