Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Cites Burden on Citizens

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Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Cites Burden on Citizens

As we inch closer to the 2016 general elections, voter suppression will be on the minds of the Republicans, who want to do everything in their power — cheat and lie — to stop black, brown and young voters from going to the polls. Well, Pennsylvania’s voter identification law was struck down Friday by Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley, citing the burden on citizens. Of course, the proponents won’t back down. It will most likely head to the Supreme Court. We know how Justice Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia will rule.

The judge, Bernard L. McGinley of Commonwealth Court, ruled that the law hampered the ability of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots, with the burden falling most heavily on elderly, disabled and low-income residents, and that the state’s reason for the law — that it was needed to combat voter fraud — was not supported by the facts.

“Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election,” the judge wrote in his 103-page decision. “The voter ID law does not further this goal.”

In addition, Judge McGinley ruled, the state’s $5 million campaign to explain the law had been full of misinformation that has never been corrected. He also said that the free IDs that were supposed to be made available to those without driver’s licenses or other approved photo identification were difficult and sometimes impossible to obtain.

Opponents of voter IDs called the ruling a “devastating indictment” of the Pennsylvania law. Source: NY Times

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 Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Cites Burden on Citizens
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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    Janet:

    IF the Republicans hope to suppress the “Black Vote”………….

    What do you think about the BLACK COMMUNITIES in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh who have been lulled into a DEFENSIVE POSTURE by the political operatives as they fight against the evil Republicans – yet after more than 50 years of INVESTING their “Black Community Development Hopes” into POLITICS – achieving the front end victories of strong Democratic majorities in the local governments, yet the BLACK COMMUNITY and the schools that their children attend have not proven to be the channels for community development?

    WORSE YET – instead of the rank and file asking “Where Is Our Money?” they say “THANK YOU FOR NOT LET THE REPUBLICANS STEAL THE VOTE THAT I PLAN TO INVEST INTO YOUR MACHINE AGAIN SO YOU CAN FIGHT THEM IN HIARRISBURG. We now see that despite our support for you locally – we won’t obtain actual benefits until we help you progressives beat the Republicans state-wide and nationally’”