Pennsylvania’s law requiring voters to show identification is unconstitutional, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley ruled Friday. Civil rights groups applauded the decision, but the implications for similar laws in other parts of the country may be limited.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the sponsor of a strict voter ID law in Pennsylvania that will disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority voters, is now saying the law will affect only the “lazy”—like the 47 percent of voters Mitt Romney was referring to in a recently leaked undercover video.
Democracy in action? More like democracy inaction. A Pennsylvania judge said he would not halt a strict new voter identification law that critics say could effectively disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of the population and disproportionally affect the young, the elderly and the poor in the state’s urban areas.