Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

Attorney General Kane: Voter ID ruling appeal rests solely with Gov., Secretary of Commonwealth

To avoid further public confusion, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane clarifies that decision to appeal voter ID court ruling rests solely with Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth

HARRISBURG - The Office of Attorney General (OAG) has served as co-counsel to the Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth since litigation over the voter ID law commenced in 2012. The Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth are also represented by an outside law firm retained by the Governor's Office of General Counsel (OGC).

Upon assuming office in January 2013, Attorney General Kane carefully reviewed the status of all pending matters, including the voter ID case. While Attorney General Kane expressed concern that it might not be possible to implement the voter ID law in a manner sufficient to ensure free and fair elections, given: (i) then existing judicial precedent, (ii) the OAG's pre-existing involvement in the matter and (iii) the Rules of Professional Conduct, she determined that the OAG's role as counsel in the case should continue.

Judge McGinley has now ruled, not only making findings regarding implementation efforts insufficient to ensure free and fair elections, but also declaring the voter ID law to be unconstitutional.

The decision to appeal Judge McGinley's decision rests solely with the Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth. A decision to appeal must be made on or before Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

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