Cherri Gregg, CBS Philly, May 1, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania announced that it is filing a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to overturn the state’s new voter ID law.
The lawsuit names the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele. The goal is to stop the law before it goes into effect in November.
“It’s one of the most draconian of such laws passed within the United States,” says NAACP Philadelphia Branch President Jerry Mondesire, whose organization has joined the ACLU lawsuit.
He says time is of the essence, because if the law is not overturned, thousands of Pennsylvania voters could be disenfranchised.
He says the law was passed for the sole purpose of suppressing votes.
“There has never been a case of voter identity fraud ever identified by this administration. And when they were asked to identify one such case in the last five years, the secretary of state, appointed by Governor Corbett said there were none.”