Reaction: No ID Necessary in PA for Nov. 6

By Erika Mahoney

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) After Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson put Pennsylvania's controversial voting law on hold, reaction to the decision is varied.

In the general election Nov. 6, voters will not be required to show a valid form of photo ID in Pennsylvania.

This is a decision Springville resident Brenda Walter strongly objects to.

"I think it's absolutely insane that it's such a big deal that we can't have an ID to vote," said Walter. "It's important that it's an honest election, that it's a fair election."

Others say they are happy with the decision because an identification requirement could have slowed voter turnout.

"I think it would affect people on such short notice for this election," said John Bender. "I don't think we want to stop people from voting in such a major election."

The League of Women Voters agrees, saying the organization welcomes the ruling.

Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the LWV of the U.S., and Olivia Thorne, president of the LWV of Pa., issued this statement:

Anti-voter laws "... threaten to silence the voices of those least heard and rarely listened to in this country -- the poor, the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, the young and persons with disabilities."

LWV Susquehanna County Chapter President Sarrah Wilcox said the most important thing now is to let people know there are fewer hurdles this election season.

"We want to educate, we want folks to know, what exactly is going on," said Wilcox. "We want them to know that "no," you do not need an identification to vote. You can walk right into the poll and vote."

Wilcox said over the past eight months, there has been a lot of back and forth on what the final decision would be.

And under the judge's ruling, the decision could be switched once again, next year.

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