Thursday, July 26, 2012

Legal challenge to Pennsylvania voter ID law begins in court

 A legal challenge to Pennsylvania's controversial voter identification law kicked off on Wednesday in court, where the judge hearing the case said it will likely go to higher courts before it is decided.
Civil and voting rights groups, which have brought the challenge, say the law is needless and discriminates against minority voters.
Supporters, which include the Republican-dominated legislature and Republican Governor Tom Corbett, say it is necessary to prevent fraud and to keep non-citizens from voting.
Pennsylvania is one of 11 states to pass voter identification laws since 2010. The laws have become a controversial issue ahead of the November 6 elections.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he expects the trial to last until the end of next week and that he will not make a decision until August 13 at the earliest. (read more here)

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