2012-06-21 / Local & State

Western Pa. Democrats To Challenge Voter ID Law

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Democrats on Allegheny County's elections board have announced that they plan to challenge Pennsylvania's GOP-backed voter identification law.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Friday that the lawsuit to be filed next week will argue that the law is too expensive and difficult to implement in time for the November election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and others have already challenged the law on constitutional grounds, arguing that it makes it harder for some citizens to vote, especially the elderly and minorities. Backers say the law will reduce existing and potential voter fraud.

Fitzgerald said the election's board lawsuit differs from the ACLU suit in arguing that the county does not have the money or time to train the 6,500 poll workers who staff the county's 1,300 polling places.

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