State suggests politics motivate voter ID probe

Published by Karen Langley on .

From the breaking news desk:

HARRISBURG -- The Corbett administration has responded to a federal review of the new voter ID requirement in a letter suggesting the U.S. Department of Justice has overstepped its authority because of political opposition to the law.


In a letter Friday to the Justice Department's top civil rights lawyer, General Counsel James Schultz said the state would be willing to provide the federal agency with the same information it shared with the groups who challenged the law in state court, provided the department signs a confidentiality agreement.


In addition to the voter registration rolls, the department asked for any records supporting a claim in a press release from the governor's office that 99 percent of eligible voters have acceptable identification. Mr. Schultz wrote that such documents "fall well outside the scope" of the law cited by the Justice Department in its request.


"In light of the absence of authority for your request for information, I question whether your inquiry is truly motivated by a desire to assess compliance with federal voting rights laws, or rather is fueled by political motivation," he wrote.



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