Court Ruling Acknowledges Inadequate Implementation of Voter ID Law

HARRISBURG, PA (October 2, 2012) – Sharon Ward, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, issued the following statement on today’s Commonwealth Court ruling halting enforcement of the Voter ID Law in the November election:

“The court’s decision is welcome news and an acknowledgement that the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law has been inadequate and has needlessly put the voting rights of many Pennsylvanians at risk. The decision allows voters, troubled over the hardship involved in obtaining an ID, to rest easier tonight.

“This decision is an important but temporary fix. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has documented persistent and widespread confusion over this law among PennDOT staff and voters seeking IDs. The commonwealth must address these problems and demonstrate it is capable of constructing a clear system that gets eligible voters the ID they will need. If it cannot do so, the commonwealth must reconsider the law altogether.”

Read PBPC’s most recent report on the state’s implementation of the Voter ID Law.