About 200 protesters gathered yesterday across from Philadelphia’s City Hall in anticipation of a State Supreme Court hearing on a new voter ID law. Pennsylvania State Supreme Court justices began hearing arguments in an attempt to decide whether the law, which will require voters to have photo ID, is Constitutional.
Last month, in a decision that surprised many, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. upheld the law. Many believe the law is a tactic intended to prevent minorities from voting.
Jerome Mondesire, president of the Pennsylvania conference of the NAACP, called the law “a criminal offense against Democracy.”
The national head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Benjamin Jealous, believes that anyone who wants to require voter ID is an extremist.
“This is not a Republican thing, it’s an extremist thing,” Jealous said. “None of [us] should be sent back to the day when we had what can only be called a poll tax.”
Executive director of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union urged voters to show up at the polls and vote early.