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sigs_BreakingNewsA state appeals judge has struck down Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law, saying it places an undue burden on people trying to exercise their right to vote.   The ruling today (Friday, Jan. 17) by Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley is likely to be appealed to the state Supreme Court by the Corbett administration, which favors the law.

The ID law was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2012, but legal appeals have upheld its going into effect.  The law would require all votes to show an approved ID before voting.  Previous law required an ID only for first-time voters.

Supporters argued it was a necessary step to prevent voter fraud.  Opponents said it was designed to disenfranchise elderly and minority voters who often vote Democratic.

Pro and con aside, implementing the law has been a major headache for the Corbett administration as opposition to the requirements spread even to rural, traditionally Republican counties.  Also, the administration admitted in court that though the law was billed as an anti-fraud measure it had no evidence of any previous fraud involving use of false ID.