Will Reaffirm Its Initial Ruling and Uphold Critical Voter ID Law
HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to remand Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID legislation back to the Commonwealth Court for further review:
“The Supreme Court asked Judge Simpson to revisit his conclusion that the law will not result in any voter disenfranchisement by reviewing the Department of State’s photo ID alternative to those who cannot get a driver’s license. Citizens within the Commonwealth — and across the country — agree that Voter ID is commonsense legislation. Even the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, just last Sunday, that two-thirds of likely Pennsylvania voters support the state’s new law requiring official photo ID to vote. What’s more, 94 percent of those polled said it would not be difficult for them to obtain the necessary ID to vote. Clearly, this legislation is in line — and in touch — with the view of Pennsylvanians, despite the hysteria created by some in the media.
Knowing the many ways in which the Department of State and PennDOT are working to educate voters and help all to comply with this law, we strongly believe that the Court will find that this law does not — and will not — disenfranchise voters in the state.”