Closing arguments are due this morning in the legal challenge of the state's Voter ID law. The ACLU's Vic Walczak previews his argument that the state should suspend the law -- partially there was no evidence presented of election day fraud, and therefore the state would not be harmed by an injunction -- above.
Karen Langley gets into more of those arguments in her story on the last day of evidence in the Commonwealth Court trial. In Philly, they're expecting "a mess on election day," a city official testified.
"Wouldn't you agree with me," asked state attorney Kevin Schmidt, "that this is really just speculative, about what will happen on election day. Is that correct?"
"No," said Santana. "It's not correct. We have a basis of experience from our elections, and we have evidence of concern from judges of elections and participants in elections currently, questions that are being raised now."
Schmidt's question had backfired, so he asked it again. "So... you're saying that this is a new experience," he started.
"No," said Santana. "I'm actually basing my testimony not on speculation, but on concerns that have already been made, and on issues that came up during the soft roll-out."
The ACLU's deputy director for Pa, Barb Feige, sent us a letter yesterday on our story on prominent Pittsburghers on the no-ID rolls and the interactive feature allowing Allegheny County residents to see if they're on the no-ID list. Even if that feature tells voters they're in the clear, they may not be. She writes:
To be absolutely certain that one has acceptable ID, voters should do the following:
- Check the list of IDs that will be accepted and make sure you have one
- Make sure that the ID has an expiration date ( PennDOT IDs can be expired up to one year.)
- Make sure that the name on your ID closely matches the name on your registration (a problem for many women who changed their names when they got married)
- Make sure that the photo on that ID matches your current appearance (mainly a concern for transgender voters).
And Chris Potter at Pittsburgh City Paper continues to do his great work on the issue. Check out the diagram below for more discussion on the state's stipulation on fraud evidence (click to go directly to CP site, and go to the last page):