Big News for Pennsylvania Voting Rights
Posted by Matthew Brian Hersh on October 2, 2012
You can add Pennsylvania to the list of states to have a voter ID law shelved, at least for now. The decision came after the state's supreme court instructed a judge, who had upheld the state's voter ID law in August, to make sure registered voters had access to IDs prior to the November 6 general election.
While the law will not be fully implemented in time for the election, voters could still be asked for identification, but would not be kept from voting if they appear on the voter rolls. Advocates worry that this could cause some confusion, according to the New York Times, and that the court's decision doesn't actually address concerns with the law, but rather shelves action until after the election.
In the upcoming issue of Shelterforce, slated to ship next week, we look at the work some groups are doing to push back against voter ID laws that, they worry, could prevent low-income and elderly communities from voting. Are you doing voter registration or GOTV? Tell us about your work in the comment section.
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Matthew Brian Hersh proudly served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics. He displays many of the trappings of a New Jersey sports fan: dispirited Mets fan, former Nets fan before they left the state, and normally satisfied Giants fan. Hersh lives in Highland Park, NJ with his wife and two children.