The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, asking the Corbett administration to document its repeated claims that 99 percent of the state’s voters have the photo identification they will need to vote in November. This investigation centers around Pennsylvania’s compliance with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting-rights laws which prohibits laws or practices that discriminate against any citizen because of race, color, or language.
A few updates:
- In Philadelphia, the state counted up to 186,830 voters without PennDot ID, 18 percent of the city’s registered voters. But the Department of State cautioned that about 50,000 of the total were inactive, not having voted in at least four years, and that others were listed as mismatches because the same people used different first names between their voting and PennDot records.
- Last week, the state announced it would create a new ID card, available in late August, for would-be voters who provide their date of birth and a Social Security number, along with documentation of where they live, such as utility bills. Further details are not yet available.
For full article see: U.S. investigation of Pa.’s new voter ID law.
- Feds investigating Pa. voter ID law (politico.com)
- EVENT/ Open to the Public: Upper Darby, PA Public Safety/ Voter ID Seminar – July 25, 2012 (vinhsulaw.wordpress.com)
- Voter ID Defenders Make Major Admission (huffingtonpost.com)
- U.S. investigation of Pa.’s new voter ID law (philly.com)
- Rally challenges voter ID mandate in Pennsylvania (triblive.com)
- SeniorLAW Center and Face to Face hold Voter ID Legal Assistance Clinic on August 3, 2012 Face to Face Legal Center, 109 E. Price Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144