Voters in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States today relieved of the burden to present voter-ID before casting their ballot in elections.
A state Judge , Bernard McGinley passed judgment on the law this Friday state law passed before the 2012 election requiring voters to show identification before voting is unconstitutional and “unreasonably burdens the right to vote”. Supporters of the law say they will appeal the ruling.
The Associated Press writes:
“McGinley said the requirement that was the centerpiece of Pennsylvania’s embattled 2012 voter identification law places an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote.
“The decision paves the way for an expected appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Republicans approved the law over the protests of Democrats.
“During a 12-day trial this summer, plaintiffs said hundreds of thousands of voters lacked acceptable IDs and the inconvenience of getting a photo ID might discourage some from voting. State officials insisted there were ample opportunities for voters to get a valid ID if they had none.
“The court has barred enforcement of the law since [shortly before] the 2012 general election.”
A Republican state Representative publicly said the law was passed for the Republican controlled House to ensure the party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney won the state, something which didn’t happen though the law was suspended for a year by a state court.