Despite Court Ruling, State Should Still Delay Voter ID Law
HARRISBURG, PA (August 15, 2012) – Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC), issued a statement in the wake of Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson’s ruling on the state’s Voter ID Law:
“We’re disappointed by the ruling and again urge the Corbett administration to take a step back and delay implementation of this law until the commonwealth can ensure that every voter who needs an ID can obtain one,” Ward said. “That has not been the experience of many voters to date.”
Earlier this month, PBPC issued a report that detailed barriers faced by Pennsylvanians seeking photo ID required to vote in the fall election. Volunteers conducted 47 visits to 43 PennDOT licensing centers (serving nearly three-fourths of the state’s population) to observe how the Voter ID Law was being implemented. Volunteers found a lack of signage and accurate information on obtaining a photo ID for voting. In addition, volunteers in three out of 10 visits were told incorrectly that they would have to pay $13.50 to obtain an ID.
“Our report is based on first-hand observations and voter experiences. It is clear that the commonwealth is just not prepared to ensure voters have the ID they will need to participate in this election,” Ward said.