Judge reaffirms ruling against Pa. voter ID law

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 29, 2014 5:42 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A state judge has reaffirmed his ruling that Pennsylvania's embattled voter-identification law is unconstitutional.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley has rejected the state's motion to reinstate the law, starting a 30-day period for a potential appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The governor's Office of General Counsel and the state attorney general's office say they're reviewing McGinley's decision.

Witold Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania says the permanent injunction McGinley issued bars enforcement of the law unless the state's high court does something to change that.

The ACLU helped lead the legal challenge.

The law is one of the country's strictest and required nearly all of Pennsylvania's 8.2 million voters to display photo identification.

Republicans passed it in 2012 over the protests of every single Democratic lawmaker.

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