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December 02, 2016
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Judge strikes down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

Governor Tom Corbett

The press release also said if the Corbett administration appeals the decision the organizations fighting the law would continue to do so.

Democrats in the legislature urged Corbett not to appeal the decision. State Sen. Anthony Williams wrote, “Unfortunately, the administration is likely to waste more tax dollars during a bad economy to take their case to the state Supreme Court. It’s time to end this right now.”

State Sen. Jim Brewster echoed that, saying, “If there is an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, I hope this law is seen for exactly what it is: a poorly disguised attempt by Republicans to disenfranchise voters.”

It was not immediately clear if the Corbett administration would appeal, but Republicans immediately came to the defense of the law.

Rob Gleason, chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania released a statement saying, “The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians support a way to protect their right to vote and combat voter fraud. While I am extremely disappointed with today’s decision, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania will continue to serve as a leading advocate for policies that ensure a fair right to vote for all Pennsylvanians.”

Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati wrote that the judge was ignoring rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court by blocking “common sense voter ID law supported by a vast majority of Pennsylvanians.”