The protesters – civil-rights activists, union members and others – chanted, waved signs and cheered as speakers portrayed the mandatory photo ID requirement as part of a cynical effort by Republicans to suppress voters turnout and gain an advantage in a presidential election year.
“They know that, when people don’t vote, they win. … We’re going to stop it and stand at the borders of Pennsylvania and say ‘everybody in America has a right to vote,'” said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale.
Hilary O. Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, noted that even supporters of the law – one of the toughest in the nation – cannot cite any cases of voter impersonation in Pennsylvania.
….rally came one day before the state Commonwealth Court is set to open a hearing in Harrisburg on a lawsuit seeking to block the law from taking effect on Nov. 6, Election Day.Civil-rights groups representing the 10 Pennsylvania voters who are the plaintiffs contend that the law is unconstitutional and would disenfranchise many poor people, senior citizens and minorities, who are less than likely to have the required photo IDs.
Supporters say the law is simply an extra layer of protection against voter fraud, although the state attorney general’s office joined the plaintiffs in signing a stipulation that says neither side is aware of any incidents of in-person fraud.