The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 29, 2012

2012: Voter ID law motivated Valley Dems

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

— By Rick Dandes

The Daily Item

SUNBURY — A controversial Voter ID law, the splitting of the Valley into two congressional districts and Mitt Romney’s victories in all Valley counties in the race for the presidency highlighted a topsy-turvy year in Pennsylvania politics.

The state made national headlines in 2012, with the passage of a controversial Voter ID law that was later challenged, then delayed by a state Commonwealth Court judge five weeks before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Pennsylvania’s Republican leadership enacted last spring one of the harshest ID laws anywhere, requiring specific forms of photo identification that many Pennsylvanians — although the number is still disputed — lack.

The changes were necessary to combat voter fraud and restore confidence in the integrity of elections, lawmakers and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said.

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