“It is vitally important that we continue to decry the gross perpetration of injustice upon our citizens. We will continue to stay on the offense,” said state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia), the chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, as reported by Penn Live.
Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson said that the voter ID law threatens voting rights by disenfranchising more than 750,000 people. An injunction was placed on the law last year and prohibited its enforcement during the 2012 election. The upcoming trial will decide whether it will be lifted or made permanent in the next election cycle.
If the state prevails, for the first time, voters in Pennsylvania will be required to have state-approved identification at the polls. Although the Department of State has developed a photo ID card for voters without driver’s licenses, the plaintiffs’ lawyers said that only about 17,000 such IDs have been issued and tens of thousands of voters would lack the necessary credentials to vote.
While the GOP asserts that the law is meant to combat voter fraud, those against voter IDs say that such laws are a voter suppression tactic that would hurt the state’s minority voter turnout.
article by LaToya Bowlah via bet.com