More on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law
July 10, 2012
Pennsylvania government officials disclosed last week that approximately 750,000 registered voters do not have Department of Transportation photo IDs they could need to cast their ballots in November. The figure, which represents 9.2 % of all eligible voters in the Commonwealth, is considerably higher than first estimated by the Corbett administration. While other forms of photo identification like U.S. passports, student identification cards with expiration dates and current military and government employee IDs are valid at the polls, a driver’s license is the form of ID most frequently used by voters. Government officials have denied requests from several organizations to delay the implementation of the voter ID law based on this new information but later this month, a Pennsylvania judge will begin hearing a lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of Pennsylvanians who say the new law will deny them their constitutional right to vote. In this hour of Radio Times we continue our conversations on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law which is considered one of the most restrictive in the nation. Our guests include Pennsylvania Department of State spokesperson Ron Ruman, Jennifer Clarke of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and Ellen Mattleman Kaplan of the Committee of Seventy.