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Sen. Leach 'Elated' at Voter ID Decision

The state senator has strongly opposed what he calls a "cynical attempt at voter suppression."

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery, Delaware) welcomed Tuesday morning's news that a judge had effectively blocked Pennsylvania's voter identification requirement for this year's general election.

Leach had been vocal enough about the new law to gain Internet notoriety in June for his quote: "If you have to stop people voting to win elections, your ideas suck."

On Tuesday, he answered several questions from Patch via email:

His initial reaction when he heard the news: "I was elated. This is a victory not only for the voters of Pennsylvania, but for everyone who fought for civil rights and voting rights for the past 100 years in America. It ends the most cynical attempt at voter suppression we've ever seen in the state where democracy was born."

Whether he was surprised at the ruling: "I've learned after being a litigator for 17 years to always be surprised when a judge does anything, because you just never know. But I do agree with Judge Simpson that there is no way that everyone who needed an ID could have been given one by the election 35 days away."

How much he thinks the ruling could change the landscape of next month's election: "Well, at the very least, the Republicans can no longer count on this law to, in the words of their leadership, 'allow Governor Romney to carry Pennsylvania'. Now the election will be decided by the people, rather than cynical attempts to rig elections by striping voting rights from those who don't vote the 'right' way."

Whether he thinks the law will be in full effect for next year's primary: "Well, the court said they will conduct a full trial on the constitutionality of the very concept of Voter ID. It is my hope that after this trial, the court will strike down the law entirely."

George Badey, a Radnor Township resident and the Democratic candidate for Congress from the 7th District, released this statement:

"I'm glad to hear that the court has acted to protect the right to vote in Pennsylvania. This Republican plan would have disenfranchised an outrageous number of voters, and is completely unnecessary. In court, the GOP could not demonstrate one case of impersonation fraud at the polls. Pat Meehan and his Republican friends have policies that voters do not support - and now they will have to win on the strength of their ideas. With ideas as bad as privatizing Medicare, undermining women's health and reproductive rights, and rewarding companies for shipping jobs overseas that must be a terrifying prospect."

Patch has reached out to Congressman Pat Meehan (R-7) for his statement on the ruling.

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Daylin Leach October 03, 2012 at 07:37 PM
To respond to the comments 1. The threat to the integrity of our elections is not found in non-existent in-person voter fraud, but in efforts to rig those elections by disenfranchising voters who don't vote the "right" way, as Republican Judge Simpson, and all 3 Republican Justices on the state Supreme Court found. 2. There is no law that requires you to show a photo ID when cashing a check at ShopRite. Further, people do pass bad checks, nobody commits in-person voter fraud. 3. There is not a single incident in modern history of a dead person voting in Pennsylvania. For a dead person to vote, a live person would have to show up at the polls and pretend to be him, risking 5 years in federal prison to gain one single vote. It never happens.
lady October 04, 2012 at 02:36 AM
To Leach: NOBODY commits in-person voter fraud?? Can you personally guarantee that? What a dumb statement.
Daylin Leach October 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Lady, Well, as impressive as calling names is, I would think that the person asserting that in-person voter fraud occurs has the burden of proving it. That said, even Governor Corbett admitted in court what 5 seperate studies have shown, which is that in-person voter fraud never happens. Not one single case, ever. Which makes sense considering how easy it would be to get caught, resulting in 5 years in federal prison, all to gain one lousy vote in an election decided by many votes. People tend not to commit high-risk, no-reward crimes.
morgan1911 October 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
"The Honorable" Leach asserts in-peson vote fraud never happens because people would get 5 years in the federal prison. Good thing there is no such thing as murder, because it is easy to get caught, and murderers can go to prison! I guess he's never heard of Senator Al Franken's election where the Milwaukee PD turned over evidence of hundreds of cases of in-person vote fraud, and people were convicting - but only because state law out there mandated the DAs prosecute the cases; the DAs didn't want to because it's a low priority for democrat DAs to prosecute democrats committing vote fraud.
Liz Rosenbaum October 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I am in favor of Voter ID, but I did not favor this law. Pennsylvania ought to distribute Voter ID cards first if they are going to require them. And if you're on the rolls, you should get one - for free.

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