Friday, January 17, 2014

Pennsylvania judge rules against GOP voter fraud fraud

The Republicans in Pennsylvania have been doing everything they can to prevent people from voting. After more than a year in court, the judge tells them no dice.
The judge, Bernard L. McGinley of Commonwealth Court, ruled that the law hampered the ability of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots, with the burden falling most heavily on elderly, disabled and low-income residents, and that the state’s reason for the law — that it was needed to combat voter fraud — was not supported by the facts.
“Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election,” the judge wrote in his 103-page decision. “The voter ID law does not further this goal.”
In addition, Judge McGinley ruled, the state’s $5 million campaign to explain the law had been full of misinformation that has never been corrected. He also said that the free IDs that were supposed to be made available to those without driver’s licenses or other approved photo identification were difficult and sometimes impossible to obtain.
Opponents of voter IDs called the ruling a “devastating indictment” of the Pennsylvania law.
The case is now expected to go to the State Supreme Court. Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a statement Friday that she was awaiting instructions from the governor about how to proceed.
 I have a feeling that Republican Tom Corbett will tell Democrat Kane (a possible contender for the governor's mansion later this year) to proceed with an appeal. I also have a feeling that Kane will proceed with all deliberate unspeed.

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