Voter ID

News & Views
3:26 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

High Court of Pennsylvania Hears Voter ID Appeal

September 17, 2012 - With federal and statewide elections around the corner, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is taking a hard look at the state's voter ID law. With few exceptions, the law requires PA voters to show a qualifying photo ID to get into the voting booth. Will it be effective on Tuesday, November 6th?  That question was the focus of oral argument before the Commonwealth's High Court last week. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston presents a glimpse of the session. The hearing was broadcast by Pennsylvania Cable Network. Updates below...

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From NPR News
8:02 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Activists Make Push To Get IDs To PA Voters

Gloria Gilman holds a sign Thursday in Philadelphia during the NAACP voter ID rally to demonstrate her opposition to Pennsylvania's new voter identification law.
Michael Perez AP

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 9:50 am

Pennsylvania's politically split Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a lower court ruling that upheld the state's polarizing voter identification law.

The law requires a state-issued photo ID card to vote, and supporters say it will help prevent voter fraud. Voting-rights activists have now shifted strategies from attempting to overturn the law, to instead putting up to a million state-issued photo ID cards in the hands of residents.

State officials recently estimated it is possible nearly 200,000 Philadelphia residents alone don't have proper ID.

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News & Views
7:34 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

PA's Voter ID Law: Parties Scrambling As Election Day Looms

While supporters and opponents of Pennsylvania's new voter identification law look to the courts for a decision on implementing the regulations, citizen's groups and the state are preparing for election day. WRTI's Jim Hilgen talks to Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel for the Democracy Program at NYU School of Law Brennan Center for Justice, for an outsider's perspective on the law and the challenges in securing the needed ID for Pennsylvania voters.