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Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Recent Commonwealth Court Ruling on Voter ID

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May 8, 2014

Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Recent Commonwealth Court Ruling on Voter ID

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement on the recent Commonwealth Court ruling on Pennsylvania’s Voter Identification law:

“The Commonwealth will not pursue an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn the Commonwealth Court’s decision to enjoin Act 18’s photo identification mandate.  Based upon the court’s opinion, it is clear that the requirement of photo identification is constitutionally permissible. However, the court also made clear that in order for a voter identification law to be found constitutional, changes must be made to address accessibility to photo identifications. 

“A photo identification requirement is a sensible and reasonable measure for the Commonwealth to reassure the public that everyone who votes is registered and eligible to cast a ballot. 

“The Administration will work with the General Assembly to address these issues.  However, through the current legislative term, we must remain focused on passing a balanced budget and addressing ongoing legislative priorities.”

Media contact: Joshua Maus, 717-346-4463.

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