Brady Applauds Decision on Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
January 17, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA), expressed his strong support for today's decision by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court which struck down the state's unconstitutional voter ID law.
"This is an important victory in the fight to protect every Pennsylvanian's constitutionally guaranteed right to vote," said Brady. "This is the third time courts have recognized that this law creates an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote without a remotely justifiable reason. It's time to stop wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to promote and enforce a law that does nothing but keep students, seniors, and minorities from making their voices heard."
The Pennsylvania Voter ID law was signed by Governor Tom Corbett in March 2012, but a partial preliminary injunction was issued by the Commonwealth Court in October 2012 which prevented implementation for the 2012 general election. The preliminary injunction was extended in February 2013 and again in August 2013. The burdensome requirement cost Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars, despite no evidence of fraud and a likelihood of disenfranchising thousands.
Rep. Brady has been a leading advocate in the fight for voter rights and ensuring that all eligible voters have full and unimpeded access to the ballot box. He has worked closely with Democratic leadership on bolstering the Voting Rights Act, getting secret money out of politics, and assisting our overseas and military voters. As the leading Democrat on the Committee on House Administration, he has been a strong advocate for clean and fair elections.