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Corbett Won't Appeal Voter ID Decision

The law, which required a photo ID to vote in the commonwealth, was signed into law by Corbett in 2012 but was never enforced.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
Gov. Tom Corbett announced Thursday evening that he doesn't plan to appeal the court ruling that struck down the commonwealth's voter identification law, though he still supports the idea of the law.

“A photo identification requirement is a sensible and reasonable measure for the commonwealth to reassure the public that everyone who votes is registered and eligible to cast a ballot," Corbett said.

The law, which required a photo ID to vote in the commonwealth, was signed into law by Corbett in 2012 but was never enforced. It was struck down by a state judge in January.

"Based upon the court’s opinion, it is clear that the requirement of photo identification is constitutionally permissible," Corbett said. "However, the court also made clear that in order for a voter identification law to be found constitutional, changes must be made to address accessibility to photo identifications." 

Corbett said that currently, there are more pressing concerns for the commonwealth.

“The administration will work with the General Assembly to address these issues," Corbett said. "However, through the current legislative term, we must remain focused on passing a balanced budget and addressing ongoing legislative priorities.”

Do you think Pennsylvania should have a voter ID law?
Barbara Scherer May 15, 2014 at 07:57 PM
People already fraudulently voting; this will cut down on that. This is not losing the concept of the God Given dignity of man. Be careful with using the word "God"; geeze you could be in big trouble for mentioning anything to do with faith! If there were never any changes in this world, there would be no progress.
John G. Lewis May 15, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Hello Barbara... Be careful using the concept "God"...? But yes we have changed, haven't we? from Puritan New England? But I know we (presently) have a separation of State and Faith... true. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- But whether the concept of "the worth, the dignity, and the rights of man" {Rod Sterling, "The Obsolete Man", The Twilight Zone} is God given, or not ... *I believe it is true that it exists*. It has been damaged by many events, beliefs and theories. Not to sound, or be, pedantic, but there have been all sorts of doctrines having very serious negative effects, that I will not mention here. But we see, here in the US, in a visible fashion, invasive searches of houses, emails, the phone, and of our person, by the police and the NSA. And the commencement of the unification of local police into a nationwide network... And there is literal torture at Gitmo, and no doubt a myriad of other safehouses around the Globe. What makes the latter doubly worse is that the President gets his lawyers up to re-define torture so that what they are doing in Cuba is acceptable legally, perhaps even morally. I wonder if that viper Cheney would like to be water-boarded (?) ... So what happened to "All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and and the pursuit of happiness." {The Declaration of Independence, July 1776.} I see the Dec. as a more important Document than even the Constitution, btw, and the words cannot just apply to ourselves (US citizens). The reasoning was *good* because *it was generalizable*. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The US has deviated from its good path, very seriously now... We have entered the fifth stage of the United States: tyrannical America. 1. Puritan 2. Revolutionary America 3. Constitutional 4. Imperial (commenced in 1895, but witnessed it's beginnings in the Civil War). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have said enough. Goodbye for now. John
Barbara Scherer May 15, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Amen to that! HA!
waldo von erich June 09, 2014 at 07:58 AM
i go to the store and see people using ebt and access cards and NO ONE IN THE STORE ASK FOR PROOF OF ID ? FUNNY what a double standard how they get money on their cards with no i d checks and yet as a small business owner i have to go thru 2 forms of id and finger print to get a check cashed ? why are people so afraid to show a simple i d card ? next time your in line at the grocery store and paying with debt card or credit card see who gets asked for i d you or the ebt / access card holder ?
KAR June 09, 2014 at 08:07 AM
They don't need it I shouldn't either. Corbett sucks. Get the ahole out.

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