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