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Voter ID Trial Day 12: Closing Arguments

Voter ID Trial Day 12: Closing Arguments

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:23am
Yesterday was the twelfth and final day of the voter ID trial. In front of a full courtroom, which included Secretary of State Carol Aichele, attorneys for both sides presented their final arguments to Judge McGinley.
Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:35am

The eleventh day of the voter ID trial proved to be an interesting mixture of boredom and drama. After a long trial, everyone involved was looking forward to closing arguments today. Instead, Judge McGinley once again closed the courtroom to everyone…

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:27am

The tenth day of the voter ID trial kicked off with a frequent flier on the witness stand, Jonathan Marks, the Department of State's Commissioner for the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislations, who has testified on four of the 10 days of…

VICTORY! Vermont residents will get healthcare and an opportunity to vote

VICTORY! Vermont residents will get healthcare and an opportunity to vote

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 10:22am

Starting on October 1, millions of Americans will begin applying for health care coverage through health insurance...

Voter ID Trial Day 9: The Commonwealth's Response to Plaintiffs' Statistician

Voter ID Trial Day 9: The Commonwealth's Response to Plaintiffs' Statistician

By Molly Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:23am

Day 9 of the voter ID trial was occupied mostly with a heated debate about the efforts of plaintiffs' statistical expert...

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:26am

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Attorneys for the plaintiffs concluded their case today with video depositions of three elderly long-time voters, two of whom do not have valid ID and face significant challenges to getting to PennDOT…

Voter ID Trial Day 3: Looking at the accessibility of voter IDs

Voter ID Trial Day 3: Looking at the accessibility of voter IDs

By Thad Eagles, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:28am

Wednesday marked the third day of witness testimony in the challenge to the state's voter ID law brought by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia,Advancement Project, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter. It also…

Voter ID Trial Day 2: Voter ID By the Numbers

Voter ID Trial Day 2: Voter ID By the Numbers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 2:38pm

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Yesterday was a bonanza for data geeks, although not nearly so satisfying for those looking for a precise number of voters without valid ID for voting. By the end of the day it had become clear, however,…

Photo ID Law on Trial in Pennsylvania: What’s at Stake for Our Democracy

Photo ID Law on Trial in Pennsylvania: What’s at Stake for Our Democracy

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 11:52am

Margaret Pennington, a 90-year-old Chester County resident and lifelong voter, votes by going to her polling place two blocks away.  She also no longer drives and depends on her daughter to take her around.  She lives about 25 miles away…

What Voters Under 30 Should Know About the Voting Rights Act

What Voters Under 30 Should Know About the Voting Rights Act

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 10:13am

In a continuation of trends from previous elections, voters under the age of 30 turned out in record numbers in last year's election, leading many analysts to suggest that they played a decisive role in the presidential race. But many of those young…