• As voters across the country prepare to head to the polls tomorrow, we at the League of Women Voters are doing everything we can to make sure everyone has the information they need to successfully cast a vote.

  • Flying from Miami to Milwaukee in October presents some challenges when it comes to packing, and while I certainly noticed the drop in temperature, my welcome to Wisconsin could not have been warmer! It is a true pleasure to meet with so many committed League volunteers as I crisscross the country this fall.

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  • Today, South Carolina voters were the victorious when a U.S. Federal District Court blocked implementation of the state’s new voter photo identification law for the November 6th general election.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2012

     

    CONTACTS:        Barbara Zia (LWV SC)/ 803/251/2726

                              ziab1@comcast.net

                              Kelly Ceballos (LWV US)/ 202 263 1331

                              KCeballos@lwv.org


      THREE-JUDGE PANEL BLOCKS SOUTH CAROLINA VOTER PHOTO ID LAW FOR 2012

     Court Decision Based on Expansive Interpretation of Law

     Today, a U.S. Federal District Court blocked implementation of South Carolina’s new voter photo identification law for the November 6th general election, giving South Carolina voters a big victory.  

    The federal three-judge panel approved the law for elections thereafter, but did so under an expansive interpretation of the law.  Specifically, in future elections, voters who do not have a required form of photo ID will still be able to vote so long as they sign an affidavit stating the reason for not having obtained a photo ID.

    “We are pleased that this court has applied common sense and blocked the state of South Carolina from requiring photo ID from all eligible voters on November 6th.  We believe it would have caused too much confusion at the polls for voters and poll workers alike,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS).  “In addition, the court has interpreted the law in such a way that voters will not absolutely be required to show a photo ID in order to vote in later elections, in 2013 and beyond. This is a victory for voting rights.”

    The League in South Carolina and other states around the country will continue to fight against restrictive voting laws. “We are cautiously optimistic about today’s decision,” stated Barbara Zia, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina.  “Voting is the one time all citizens have an equal say in molding our collective future here in South Carolina and across this great country. Barriers such as photo ID threaten that equality.  We will work to ensure that the law is applied fairly and let voters know that a photo ID is not required in 2012.”

    “Politicians should not be allowed to manipulate election laws for their own personal gain. It is time for us to move beyond the rhetoric and work to pass laws that will ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can vote and will have their vote counted without any barriers. Nothing less than protecting America’s great democracy is at stake,” concluded Zia.

    Originally, the Department of Justice (DOJ) denied preclearance to South Carolina’s restrictive photo voter ID law. The League of Women Voters of South Carolina (LWVSC) joined the lawsuit in support of the DOJ decision.

     


     

     

  •  Yesterday, Pennsylvania Judge Robert Simpson issued a temporary injunction, halting the state’s photo voter ID law in advance of the November elections. This decision removes an unnecessary barrier to voting for hundreds of thousands of the state’s eligible voters, and is a victory for the voters of Pennsylvania and our democracy.

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    Photo ID Will Not Be Required to Vote on November 6, 2012

    Washington, DC [Oct. 2, 2012] - Today is good day for democracy with yet another victory for voting rights. A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge ruled that photo ID will not be required at the polls on November 6th.  

    “This is an important victory for all Pennsylvanians,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President.  “A significant barrier to voting has been removed for this important general election.”

    “Hundreds of thousands of eligible voters will now have access to the polls without any unnecessary barriers,” said Olivia Thorne, PA State League President. “Now we can focus our work on registering and informing the state’s voters.”

    “The League of Women Voters throughout Pennsylvania will continue registering voters until the deadline on October 9th,” said Thorne.  “In the few weeks that remain between today and Election Day, it will be important that all voters and the election workforce realize that photo ID is not required to vote on November 6th.  We urge everyone with computer access to visit SmartVoter.org, our online Voters Guide, to learn more about the candidates running for office and who they can vote for in this coming election. ”

    “We live in the world’s greatest democracy and our voting systems should remain free, fair and accessible. Today’s decision helps us guarantee that right for all voters,” concluded MacNamara.

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331, KCeballos@lwv.org

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