Governor Corbett, Secretary Aichele Issue Statements on Court Ruling

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of State Carol Aichele issued the following statements today in response to Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson's decision on the Voter ID law:

"We are pleased with Judge Simpson's decision to uphold the constitutionality of the voter ID law,'' Corbett said. "While we believe we have made it possible for every registered voter who needs voter identification to obtain one, we'll continue our efforts for the next election and all future elections, to make sure every registered voter has the proper identification in an effort to preserve the integrity of our voting process in Pennsylvania."

Aichele, whose department oversees elections in Pennsylvania, said:

"The streamlined process put in place by the Corbett Administration to help all voters get IDs would have allowed all voters to have acceptable ID by November. However, the judge has concerns about this, and thus the same procedure will be in effect for this election as for the spring primary, in that voters will be requested to show ID, but ID will not be required to vote.

"We will continue our education and outreach efforts, as directed by the judge in his order, to let Pennsylvanians know the voter ID law is still on track to be fully implemented for future elections, and we urge all registered voters to make sure they have acceptable ID.

"This law is designed to preserve the integrity of every vote by doing what we can to make sure each voter is who they claim to be at the polls, and we are confident this law will be fully implemented in future elections.''

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor