Voter ID case goes to Pa. Supreme Court on Thursday
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Challengers seeking to stop the new voter ID law from taking effect for the November elections will make their case Thursday before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
It is the final venue for the lawsuit under the state Constitution after a lower court in August declined to halt the requirement that voters show certain forms of photo identification at the polls. The Pennsylvania law is only one example of the heightened voter identification requirements that have gained traction nationwide, but it has attracted notice for its location in a populous state that has been treated as a swing vote in presidential elections.
As in other states, the voter ID law in Pennsylvania was supported by Republicans who argued it would protect the integrity of elections, while Democrats countered that the requirement would keep eligible voters from the polls. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and other groups bringing the suit argue that many Pennsylvania voters — and particularly those who are poor, uneducated, elderly and Hispanic — lack a driver’s license or other acceptable identification… (more)