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September 26th, 2012

NAACP statement on Pennsylvania ruling

Baltimore, MD - The NAACP released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order to vacate the lower court’s decision and remand the case for review to ensure that “there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the Commonwealth’s implementation of a voter identification requirement for purposes of the upcoming election.”

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP: “Today’s ruling is a positive step towards ensuring access to the ballot box for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians still faced with the prospect of potential disenfranchisement,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “With limited time left until Election Day, a limited number of PennDot locations and hours, and approximately 800,000 qualified and registered voters without approved ID, this law cannot stand.”
Jerome Mondesire, President of the NAACP PA State Conference: “Today’s ruling is a tentative victory for voting eligible Pennsylvanians. However the NAACP and other leading organizations will continue to provide resources to those in need of the potential voter photo ID ahead of Election Day,” said NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference President Jerome Mondesire.

Last December, the NAACP released the report “Defending Democracy” which detailed the various attacks on voting rights, including Florida’s change to third party, non-partisan voter registration procedures.

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