Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), in response to today’s decision of the Commonwealth Court to enjoin Voter ID for at least the 2012 election, said the following:
“While I am elated that hundreds of thousands of poor people, racial minorities, students and elderly people who were going to be disenfranchised under this law will now be able to vote without jumping through costly, difficult, and even impossible hoops, there is still much work to be done. We’ve spent millions of dollars confusing and scaring people into thinking they won’t be able to vote without photo ID. Now that the legal situation has changed, we need to fix that.”
Leach called on Gov. Corbett, Secretary of State Carole Aichele and the entire administration to take important steps immediately to ensure that people know they once again can vote as they always have. Specifically, Leach requested that:
1. The administration immediately cease running television and radio ads and cease distributing any literature, brochures or posters that state or imply that people must have photo ID to vote in the 2012 election;
2. The administration, having spent millions of dollars to tell people they cannot vote without photo ID in the 2012 general election, must initiate a plan to communicate to voters that they can in fact vote without photo ID in the upcoming election. This plan should include mailings, television and radio advertisements, social media outreach, etc., informing people that they can vote without ID, regardless of any information disseminated in previous communication; and
3. Make all appropriate changes to all relevant state Web sites informing people of the current legal status of Voter ID.
Leach added, “Great damage has been done to people’s confidence in their ability to vote. The governor, who says he cares about the right of all Pennsylvanians to vote, must do all that he can do to repair that damage.”