Judge Spikes Photo ID Requirement for Pa. Voters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A state judge has struck down the law requiring Pennsylvania's voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said the mandatory photo requirement, the centerpiece of Pennsylvania's embattled 2012 voter identification law, places an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote.

The decision paves the way for an expected appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Republicans approved the law over the protests of Democrats.

During a 12-day trial this summer, plaintiffs said hundreds of thousands of voters lacked acceptable IDs and the inconvenience of getting a photo ID might discourage some from voting. State officials insisted there were ample opportunities for voters to get a valid ID if they had none.

The court has barred enforcement of the law since the 2012 general election.


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