Pennsylvania Voters Launch Assault on Republican Push for Voter-ID

Plaintiff Ana Gonzalez spoke at the press conference. She said she grew up in a household where voting was prized. She has always voted, and raised her children to follow civic issues and to always vote.

“My mother taught me. She read the paper and we discussed issues,” said Gonzalez.

Neither Applewhite nor Gonzalez has been able to get the kind of picture ID required to vote in the 2012 election.

Like Applewhite, after trying and failing to get the right documents, Gonzalez contacted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania and joined the lawsuit.

Pennsylvania is the biggest swing state with a restrictive voter ID law that is not yet blocked by the courts, and the law could affect the outcome of the presidential election, according to Weiser.

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s recent statement appears to confirm Weiser’s assertion, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported. He said at a Republican State Committee meeting this month, “Voter ID … is going to allow Gov. [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” His spokesman, Steve Miskin, said that the law is meant to prevent fraud.

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