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State Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

The ruling will most likely be appealed to the State Supreme Court.
State Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law
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One step forward in the vote against Gov. Tom Corbett's voter suppression plan! Now let's see what the state Supreme Court does with it:

HARRISBURG, Pa. - January 17, 2014 (WPVI) -- A state judge has struck down the law requiring Pennsylvania's voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard 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.

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