Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Friday cheered a decision by Pennsylvania's Republican governor not to challenge a court ruling that struck down the state's voter ID law.
"Justice is served. No appeal of unjust voter ID law is a victory for Pennsylvania," Mr. Biden's office wrote on Twitter in response to the decision by Gov. Tom Corbett. Mr. Biden grew up in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Corbett, who is running for reelection this year, decided against an appeal of a state court ruling Thursday that rejected the law he signed in 2012. The governor said that although he supports the law, the court "made clear that in order for a voter identification law to be found constitutional, changes must be made to address accessibility to photo identifications."
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley, a Democrat, said the law "does not pass constitutional muster because there is no legal, non-burdensome provision of a compliant photo ID to all qualified electors." Opponents of the law, including the state ACLU chapter, said uneven access to ID cards would shut out many low-income and rural voters.
The law was never implemented. With court appeals pending, Pennsylvania voters were asked to show ID but were not required to produce one to cast a ballot.
During the 2012 presidential race, Pennsylvania's House majority leader boasted that the law would "allow Gov. [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania." President Obama went on to win the state, as he did in 2008.
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