Here's what opponents of voter ID are saying

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The Pennsylvania Department of State has not been able to point to one case of voter fraud in Pennsylvania that would have been prevented by this voter ID law. What has been illustrated is that a number of individuals have not been able to obtain proper identification to vote and that there have been confusing and misleading directives and over $1 million of wasted tax money by the Department of State.

-- State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, Democratic chair, Senate State Government Committee

This is a huge victory for Pennsylvanians. It's time to take a step back and question how legislation that would prohibit 430,000 eligible voters from casting their vote even got this far.

-- State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill

Today's decision by Commonwealth Court to strike down the GOP's Voter ID law shows the law for what it truly is -- an attempt to steal elections by disenfranchising voters. And the voters targeted were those most likely to vote Democratic: women and minorities, especially low- income voters.

-- Nancy Patton Mills, chairwoman, Allegheny County Democratic Party

I'm pleased with today's decision, but the fight is not over yet. If there is an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, I hope this law is seen for exactly what it is: a poorly disguised attempt by Republicans to disenfranchise voters.

-- State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport

This is a victory for common sense, and it's a stinging defeat for the far-right agenda that's being coordinated across the country by shadowy groups pouring millions of dollars into state politics.

Gov. Corbett swore to uphold the constitution. The best course for him now would be to put away this wrong-headed idea and just accept the court's judgment. Additional legal appeals would simply waste more of the taxpayers' money.

-- House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont

This decision is a big step forward for making sure our elections are fair and a testament to the thousands of Pennsylvanians who worked hard to make sure everyone's vote would be counted. Yet our work is not done. Since Republicans cannot win elections the fair way, we are prepared to continue to reveal the truth about Tom Corbett's voter ID scheme through any appeals or further attempts to rig elections in our commonwealth.

-- State Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn

Instead of trying to find ways to stop citizens from voting, we should be doing more to encourage all Pennsylvanians to participate in elections.

-- Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills


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