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Statement of Acting President and Director-Counsel Debo P. Adegbile on Pennsylvania Voter ID Court Ruling

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Today's significant ruling blocking Pennsylvania's ill-conceived and discriminatory photo identification law ensures that it will not be in place for this election.

Here is what we know about Pennsylvania's photo identification measure: it would have unjustifiably narrowed the electorate, and affected many minority, poor, old and disabled voters.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania's shifting explanations of how it would try toalleviate the law's eligible voter exclusion did not give the public, judges, or nation sufficient comfort --  blocking the law was the only sensible outcome.
Now it's essential to get the word out to all of Pennsylvania's eligible voters of every race, age, socieo-economic status, and party that our votes and voices are welcome and necessary to affirm our democracy.

Votes in America belong to the people and not to politicians who seek to manipulate the political process for their own purposes."