President Barack Obama’s campaign in Pennsylvania was among the many groups to react to passage of the photo voter ID bill, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Here is the text of a statement released by Obama’s Pennsylvania Press Secretary Jennifer Austin:
“It is unfortunate that lawmakers in Harrisburg have wasted time and energy to pass a costly bill to address a nonexistent problem, rather than focus on creating jobs and restoring economic security for Pennsylvania families.
“The Obama campaign is committed to working hard to register voters and educate people about the process to ensure that all eligible voters can get to the polls and exercise their right to vote in support of the president in November.”
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party also came out against the law.
On the other side of the issue, Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman, applauded the governor for signing the bill.
Gleason said that Corbett “took a critical step in protecting one of our most basic rights. We thank Gov. Corbett and members of the General Assembly for fighting for the integrity of our elections and defending the constitutional principle of one person, one vote.”
The law will take effect with the Nov. 6 election, but the case is expected to be challenged in the courts.
What do you think of the new law?
– John Guerriero