Trial on Pa. voter ID law set to start today
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A trial is set to begin in Harrisburg over the state’s controversial voter ID law, which would be one of the strictest in the nation if upheld.
The Republican-pushed law requires voters to provide certain types of photo ID before they can cast a ballot. The court prevented the law from taking effect last year.
The trial starting today in Commonwealth Court will examine the law’s constitutionality against a challenge led by the state American Civil Liberties Union. They want the court to prevent enforcement of the law while the court challenge is pending.
Critics say the law would discourage voting by young adults, minorities, the elderly, poor and disabled. Supporters say most Pennsylvanians have driver’s licenses to use as photo ID and that the law would discourage voter fraud.