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Is it time to repeal Voter ID?

Is it time to repeal Voter ID?

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law was recently ruled illegal by a judge and good luck making it a campaign issue in 2014—so, is it time to repeal the law for good? Last month, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law was illegal, noting, “Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal.” Gov....

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PA Voter ID law struck down. Now what?

PA Voter ID law struck down. Now what?

Almost two years ago, the Pennsylvania state Legislature passed a party-lined bill which created a Voter ID requirement during Pennsylvania elections. This morning, a judge ruled that law is illegal. The ruling is neither the first nor the last, and sets the stage for perhaps a final fight in the seemingly never-ending saga. “Voting laws are designed to...

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5 things you may not know about today’s election

5 things you may not know about today’s election

Did you know there’s an election in Philly—and in municipalities throughout the United States—today? There is. The numbers say a lot of the city is not necessarily paying attention this year, so we’ve come up with a list of basic things you may not know about today’s election. Starting with… There is an election today Hate to begin with...

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As PA waits for decision, judge who originally upheld Voter ID recants

As PA waits for decision, judge who originally upheld Voter ID recants

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law is stuck in limbo, and most experts on the issue don’t see the courts sorting it out, completely, within the next year or two. While we’re waiting, though, it would help everyone to know that the judge who wrote the majority opinion upholding the nation’s first voter ID law, 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner, recently admitted...

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Yes, the new Voter ID ad campaign is about confusing people

Yes, the new Voter ID ad campaign is about confusing people

The Inquirer noted yesterday that the Pennsylvania Department of State has decided to relaunch its $1 million Voter ID advertising campaign despite voters not needing to show identification at the polls for the upcoming November election. You remember: the “Show It” ads that popped up on TV in the summer and fall of 2012. Critics have contended they’re...

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Optimism may be premature in Voter ID delay

Optimism may be premature in Voter ID delay

Democrats and civil liberties proponents received a short burst of celebration on Friday as a state judge barred the enforcement of Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law for the November 2013 municipal and judicial elections. But the implication that this is a win for Voter ID opponents is murky, if at all true. The latest incarnation of a fight over Voter ID came about...

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Fight for Voter ID far from over as PA Republicans continue war of words

The infamous Pennsylvania Voter ID law is not dead. Far from it, actually. So far, in fact, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley is deciding whether to keep it legal or throw it away—right now. And when he decides, the case’s appeals are expected to continue for a long while. How do we know? Well, it’s not just because both sides have...

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Voter ID: How did we get here? Part IV

Voter ID: How did we get here? Part IV

Part 4: Trial begins. Trial ends. Trial begins. Trial ends. The trial over Voter ID in Pennsylvania began in late July 2012 and went about two weeks. It was pretty much uneventful, and everyone who’d been paying attention to the reporting of the issue probably didn’t get any new news. Although no one could really figure out how many people were going to be...

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Voter ID: How did we get here? Part II

Voter ID: How did we get here? Part II

Part 2: 2012 quickly becomes Pennsylvania’s Year Of The Bible ID card By the time 2012 came around, Pennsylvania was being looked at as a hotzone—possibly a battleground—in the upcoming presidential race between President Obama and…whoever the Republican candidate might be. After a late surge in the polls, former Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick...

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Voter ID: How did we get here? Part I

Voter ID: How did we get here? Part I

Writer’s/editor’s note: Randy LoBasso is on vacation this week, in another city, then the woods, then the desert. He’s scheduled several stories on the Pennsylvania Voter ID fight to go up each day until he’s back. The newest trial over that controversial Pennsylvania law is in court this week, and if you need a refresher, we’ve got you covered...

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