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Poll: Radnor Reacts to Voter ID Decision

Will this decision stick? Both sides had said they would appeal this ruling.

The Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday morning not to stop Pennsylvania's controversial  from going into effect.

Judge Robert Simpson will not grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID.

The challenge to the law was brought by voter advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.

It’s unclear what this decision will actually mean, since both sides had vowed to appeal the judgement if it didn’t go their way.

"It’s disappointing, mostly for the hundreds of thousands of people who will be disenfranchised," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware). Leach said that, historically, the courts have ruled to prevent temporary majorities from limiting others' right to vote.

"I believe the [state] Supreme Court—or I’m hopeful it will—will take up its traditional role and not disenfranchise voters for partisan reasons," he added.

“We are disappointed that the Pennsylvania court has upheld this voter suppression law. Recently, when similar laws in other states have been reviewed by a court or the U.S. Department of Justice they have been deemed to be discriminatory, and we believe this to be the case in Pennsylvania,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement saying, in part, "I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court recognized this law for what it is – commonsense reform to ensure that every voter and every vote is protected."

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn said, "Pennsylvania Democrats are committed to protecting Pennsylvanians' right to vote, and we will continue to educate voters about the new ID requirements and the process to acquire an appropriate ID to ensure that all eligible voters can get to the polls and exercise their right to vote in November."

The NAACP vowed to appeal the ruling. National president Benjamin Todd Jealous issued a statement saying, "This law, like other state laws enacted across the U.S., has the potential to suppress thousands of votes in the Commonwealth during this election. The NAACP, in conjunction with its state conferences, will continue to combat these efforts on the ground and mobilize voters. We will have to fight for our right to vote again."

Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Andrew Reilly told the Delaware County Daily Times that he didn't believe the ruling would have any affect on voter turn-out rate and the goal is to prevent potential voter fraud.

Reilly told the Times that the fee for the photo identification has been waived and residents will have the opportunity to vote provisionally on Election Day and produce an ID later if need be, according to the Delaware County Daily Times.

Delaware County Democratic Party Chairman David Landau told the Delco Times that the ruling interferes with the right to vote and there has been no case made for voter fraud to support the GOP claims.

Pennsylvania passed a law in March requiring all registered voters to show a valid and “acceptable” photo ID before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation.

Opponents of the law say it disproportionately targets the elderly as well as the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democrat. Furthermore, critics say that the burden of obtaining an acceptable ID for these people would keep them from voting.

Thirty states have some sort of Voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, of those, 19 do not require a photo, six require a photo and five, including Pennsylvania, have strict photo requirements.

BANKER0917 August 15, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Shame on the Republicans for having this law enacted prior to the Presidential elections. And, I am a Republican !! Had this law been passed shortly AFTER the presidential elections and had a longer time period for everyone to receive, properly and FREE of charge their ID this would not have been so controversial. I have ALL types of ID - license, passport, military ID - but there are some, for a myriad of reasons that the STATE will not allow them to receive ID without ID. This also goes to the surly and uninformed employees of PENNDOT !!
Laurie Rogers August 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Sorry, did we miss an article about the pervasive problem of massive amounts of election fraud in PA? Such a blatantly political move by the GOP that will effectively disenfranchise so many is sickening. Let's hope it is successfully overturned.
Edward A. Kennedy August 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Voter suppression. I tested the voter ID procedure by going to only DOT site near public transportation at 8th & Arch -- I learned they don't give them out on Mondays and my granddaughter a Villanova student cannot have one because she has a NJ driver's license. Nearest DOT office to us is in Norristown (for those without PA driver's licenses). College IDs not accepted unless they add this year an expiration date. PA is undoing voting right victories of the 1960s with pure discrimination against minorities in Philadelphia. Ed Kennedy
Mike August 15, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Just because something has never happened does not mean it never will. It is hard to prove voter fraud without the provision to show ID. The real fraud is in voter registration and voter ID prevents fraudulent registers from voting. We all know it is the local races that are determined by a handful of votes and they can be swung by a few fraudulent votes.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out August 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law requiring a photo i.d. to vote is not unconstitutional. So if it isn't unconstitutional then why don't people just go get an i.d.? There are 90 days left before the election....you can get a passport in 6 weeks (standard service)....so I don't understand why people claim they cannot get a photo i.d. in time for the election. Quit complaining and get it done if you want to vote. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_v._Marion_County_Election_Board
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out August 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Your smart Villanova granddaughter should be able to figure out how to get an absentee ballot from NJ....right?? Plenty of time to get an absentee ballot OR she can go home on election day to vote (NJ polls will be open 6am to 8pm). My non-Villanova daughter figured out how to turn in her Florida drivers license and get a PA license in 1 day (this past Saturday). Sorry, I'm not crying for college kids that can't figure out the simplest of life's challenges.
Kathy b August 15, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Blatantly racist law and verdict. Easy for wealthy white Americans Republicans?) to get a ID. What if you didn't have a car or unable to afford bus fare or if you are disabled (Democrats).
Mike August 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hey Kathy, You need to occupy a brain. Nobody is injecting race into this except you. Seniors are impacted the most by this law not minorities by the numbers. I would argue PA's senior population is mostly white. You ascribe people's political affiliation their race. Clearly YOU are the bigot. How are people supposed to take advantage of Obama Care without an ID? Last I checked you need an ID for a doctors visit. Face it, people are better off having an ID and maybe they are the disenfranchised because they don't have an ID and can't take advantage of all the services our society has to offer. The GOP is helping the poor and elderly in the long run if they get an ID in order to vote.
Xpect Moor August 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Seriously?? You need to have ID to buy Tylenol Sinus at the CVS. Seriously?? You're going to play the race card? Seriously?? You use a phrase "Wealthy white American Republicans" and you're calling THEM racist??? Seriously?? And then I'll point out the last hole in your illogical argument (assuming you can follow this), if you can't afford a bus fare or you're disabled, how did you plan on getting to the polls to vote in the first place?? I thought this was all behind us and Obama was going to be the "Great Uniter". This is the first time in 3 years that I've had Hope and Hope for Change! And Go Mike!
justwondering August 16, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Let's get honest - Liberal democrats are scared to death that we would ask voters to follow simple rules.....................stop blaming republicans for everything that does not go your way. Take your concern for the disenfranchised and help them get the necessary ID. No one is asking them to do the impossible, just take the very serious business of voting seriously.
justwondering August 16, 2012 at 04:18 AM
and you are counting on those that depend of the government for their very existence to vote your way - i get it......stop trying to put other words on what you really mean. Because we all know the truth and the truth is that Democrats have been sending the message of "cradle to grave" assistance and you need to count of those votes to make your plan work. As a Republican, I am proud to be an informed voter - don't you want that for all of us? Of course not, because your liberal agenda only works when people feel put upon, overlooked, and treated badly - right. and you feel it is necessary to blame the Republican party for all the woes of your failing party..................regarding the infirm - of course we want them to exercise their right to vote - we are not asking them to jump from a burning building - we are asking that in 90 days, they should make arrangements to get this ONE TIME ID - how is that elitist or racist? Cannot afford bus fare or a car? Okay - how important is it to vote? I believe that they can find a way.....maybe you Dems can help them? After all, you have been getting elected by promising them all the help the government can muster - right?
Sonja Keohane August 16, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Just a way to keep the "wrong" people from voting. How weak is the Republican position if they have to resort to voter suppression to try and win the election.
justwondering August 16, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Keep selling the idea that the big bad white republicans are holding everyone else down............you do a greater disservice than we could ever do......You continue to try and portray us as elitist and we are far from it. But you keep working that angle, while we just take the White House back in November.....
Skip Shuda August 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I'm all for solving problems where they exist, but the Inquirer just ran a piece saying that there really is practically zero voter fraud taking place nationwide (Aug 12, Voter Fraud Virtually Non-Existant). So - this Voter ID legislation was pushed to solve a non-existent problem. I believe that this fact is the "smoking gun" demonstrating that the law has another, more subversive objective. There probably are a lot of people who don't have IDs... they are the real target, even though studies show they generally vote legitimately.
Richard Kline August 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Many blacks born in the south were never issued birth certificates and they generaly vote Democrat. Also voter fraud is very rare in the U.S. This is a way for Republicans to prevent many from voting for Democrats.
Xpect Moor August 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Come on Skip... Have you never heard of "Vote Early, Vote Often", or dead people voting, or 20 people using the same address of an abandoned property? I don't believe they are urban legends. I doubt it if we have much of it going on here in Wayne, but I think we'd be fooling ourselves if we think it's not happening in more largely populated areas. If we're concerned about voter suppression, why didn't Holder pursue the voter intimidation at the polls last time in Philly. You and I both know the reason.
Skip Shuda August 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Xpect - I've heard the sayings, but never of any specific instances of voter fraud. Yes there is a great deal of voter fraud - in struggling democracies and from autocrats pretending to have "fair elections". But that isn't the USA. In this case, I like the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." A recent study (with statistical significance) validated that it is NOT broken. As for Holder not pursuing voter intimidation - that is a different issue. I know very little about it - but if ANY Americans are being intimidated from voting, then I'm in favor of aggressive intervention to prevent it in the future.

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