Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law goes on trial Monday (July 15th) and opponents geared up for the case with a rally in Harrisburg on Thursday. Commonwealth Court will decide if the law, which was put on hold pending the trial- is constitutional.
Groups opposed to it say it’s an effort to disenfranchise people who have trouble getting a state issued ID. National NAACP President Ben Jealous says Pennsylvania is a key state in the fight for voting rights. He encouraged people to turn out at the courthouse so the judge, state and nation see how important the trial is to the issue.
But supporters say the law will combat voter fraud by protecting the right of one person one vote.
The upcoming trial will focus on the merits of the law under Pennsylvania’s Constitution and any ruling is likely to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.