Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Is Dead, for Now

Corbett says he won’t appeal a court’s ruling striking it down.

CBS Philly reports: “The battle over Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law is apparently over for the rest of the year and maybe for good. After a Commonwealth Court judge decided not reconsider his ruling against the Voter ID law, the Corbett administration has announced it will not appeal the case to the state Supreme Court.”

PennLive adds:

“A great day for voters in Pennsylvania.”


That's how Vic Walczak, the ACLU attorney who represented plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law, reacted to the news Thursday that Gov. Tom Corbett will not appeal a judge's decision in January striking down the law.

He was just as pleased to hear that Corbett and Republican leaders in the legislature do not plan to make adjusting the Voter ID law -- which has been bound up in appeals since Corbett signed it in 2012 -- a priority for the rest of this year.

USA Today takes the national view:

Corbett’s decision means the law is dead, the third setback for proponents of strict voter ID laws in the space of three weeks.

It has been a rough few weeks for voter ID laws in courts: On April 29, a court found Wisconsin’s voter ID law unconstitutional, and on April 24, a similar law in Arkansas was struck down. The Justice Department is pursuing lawsuits against similar voting requirements in Texas and North Carolina.

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  • Jane Yavis

    Republican leaders understand that Voter ID plan was a loser for them. It was initiated and enacted for one purpose, and everyone saw thru the motive. between that, Amnesty, LCB Privatization most people didn’t care about, and the expansion of Medicaid, looks like while the right are having The Vapors,,,,the left says thanks.

    Noticing Corbett and other Republican locals have been shying away from Conservative talk Radio, maybe since thanks to Talk Radio Romney lost the five county area and they didn’t,,,,, listening to their real base instead of a crew of empty headed idealogues is a better path to take.

  • hape2b

    Voter ID laws were initiated for one purpose and that is to make sure the person voting is the person who is supposed to be voting period. Nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, in the country, we are trying to make our government work as a reality TV show.

  • Whatwhatwhat?

    I guess ALEC… I mean the Pennsylvania Legislature, will have to go back to the drawing board for another way to rig elections… I mean to ensure that no in-person voter fraud occurs, absent any evidence to show it was a problem to begin with. Limited guvmint!

  • Poytszi

    In my day (ancient history) we had more reliable voting. The pols simply visited a local cemetery and decided who was going to vote Democrat or Republican. And patronage worked wonders. It was local, and folks got great jobs with benefits. Benefits? What are those?