Today, a judge in Pennsylvania ruled in favor of the recently passed voter photo identification law, and not to grant an injunction to prevent it from being implemented. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) was the lead organizational plaintiff in the lawsuit argued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and testified in opposition to the law. It is expected that this decision will be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Elisabeth MacNamara said in a statement:
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.
Despite there being no proof that voter impersonation is a problem in Pennsylvania, if implemented this law could result in the disenfranchisement of nearly 1.2 million eligible voters. Throughout this case, the stories of some of these voters have been elevated to illuminate just how difficult it is for them to obtain the necessary forms of photo identification in order to vote.
LWVPA is undeterred in their commitment to ensure all eligible voters are able to cast their ballot, and remains dedicated to educating and mobilizing voters for the November election despite this ruling.