From state Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills:

“The decision of the court is highly disturbing and disconcerting.  Without question, the goal of the voter ID law was to disenfranchise voters and suppress voting so that Republicans could gain the upper hand in this fall’s presidential election.

“This law was never about preventing voter fraud.  The state’s attorneys stipulated that there was no evidence of fraud and witness after witness presented details about the obstacles that they face in trying to comply with the law.

“Taking away a citizen’s right to vote and participate in a democracy is a serious matter.   No one who is eligible to vote should be prevented from casting their ballot.

“The right to vote deserves to be protected and participation should be secured not shredded.  That is why I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will step in and restore a person’s right to vote by overturning the ruling of Commonwealth Court.”

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