Reader Poll: Should the State Appeal the Voter ID Ruling?
In the latest chapter in the saga of Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley last week ruled the law unconstitutional.
“[The Voter ID Law is] invalid and unconstitutional on its face as the provision and issuance of compliant identification does not comport with liberal access and unreasonably burdens the right to vote,” he wrote.
Now the question is, what will be the next step in this ongoing drama? Specifically, will the state decide to appeal Judge McGinley’s ruling to the State Supreme Court?
Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a statement from her office on Monday stating that, given the Judge’s ruling, the decision to appeal was not up to her.
“The decision to appeal Judge McGinley’s decision rests solely with the Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth,” her office clarified in its statement.
Therefore, it appears that Governor Corbett alone must decide whether to appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court. The deadline for such a move is Monday January 27th.
So, what do you think, should the state appeal the latest Voter ID ruling?