Stack: Court Ruling Eases ‘Chaos’ over Costly Voter ID Law
HARRISBURG, Oct. 2, 2012 — State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Phila.) today issued the following statement on the Commonwealth Court ruling to issue a preliminary injunction on the voter ID law:
“As a result of the court’s ruling, for now it appears that the chaos over this confusing and controversial law will be at an end. Many voters today are breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that their vote will count in November, but it’s shameful that this administration put fears into voters that their right to vote would be in danger.
“From the moment the voter ID law was enacted, nearly everyone — from voters to our own Secretary of the Commonwealth, who was charged with implementing the law — experienced confusion about which IDs were valid to use, how to obtain a valid ID and what paperwork was needed to get that ID.
“Then, as if folks across the state weren’t frustrated and confused enough, it seemed like the rules changed every few weeks. Meanwhile, employees at Driver License Centers were turning folks away or giving out the wrong information. The entire process has been a mess.
“The Corbett Administration wasted no time in implementing this law, but it certainly wasted millions of taxpayer dollars trying to push voter ID on Pennsylvanians. It’s a win for voters’ rights but it’s been a loss on taxpayers’ wallets.”