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Voter ID trial begins in Pennsylvania

All eyes are on Pennsylvania now that a lawsuit challenging HB 934, the state’s ALECtied voter ID law, has gone to trial. Like other unnecessary voter ID laws, this one is expected to disenfranchise thousands if allowed to go into effect, and even state elections officials admit that it would affect more Pennsylvanians than previously estimated. They also concede that there “have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania.”

PBS NewsHour:

Watch Without a Photo ID, Some PA Voters Won’t Count in November on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Opposition remains strong:

The trial is expected to last a week and will be decided on the basis of the Pennsylvania constitution. But, a federal lawsuit could very well be looming, as well. The Department of Justice has announced that it will investigate whether HB 934 discriminates against minorities, requesting from the state all data used to determine its statistics.

For more information, click here and here, watch this video, and be sure to check out The Right to Vote under Attack: The Campaign to Keep Millions of Americans from the Ballot Box, a Right Wing Watch: In Focus report by PFAW Foundation.


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