Pennsylvania State Officials Testify Voter ID Law Is UnconstitutionalSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 21:18
Pennsylvania State Officials Testify Voter ID Law Is Unconstitutional
By ELIZABETH FLOCK
August 2, 2012
The swing state of Pennsylvania spent the last week debating the constitutionality of a new voter-identification law that could impact hundreds of thousands of voters.
As closing arguments were made Thursday, voting rights advocates told Whispers they they believed they had a sure win.
Over the last two years, new and controversial voter ID laws have been introduced across the country due to perceived problems of voter fraud. Many Democrats, however, say they believe the laws were introduced to hurt their voter base, such as minorities and the elderly.
The case in Pennsylvania state court did not begin well for proponents of the new voter ID law, with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acknowledging in a stipulation that they could find: "no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania... the parties are not aware of any in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania... [and] respondents will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred."