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State Supreme Court to Hear Pa. Voter Suppression Case

State Supreme Court to Hear Pa. Voter Suppression Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday against the state’s voter suppression law that Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”

In August, a lower court refused to issue an injunction against the voter ID law that some estimate could disenfranchise nearly one in 10 eligible voters—mostly people of color, students, seniors and low-income voters.

Pennsylvania is one of several states where Republican lawmakers have issued new laws that voting rights advocates say are designed to suppress voter turnout.

The bill mirrors other voter suppression laws Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed in recent years based on model legislation from the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Read more about voter suppression efforts in the South and Ohio.

The AFL-CIO My Vote, My Right website offers hands-on information on voter registration, voter ID laws and steps to take to protect your right to vote on Election Day. Find out what you need to know to make sure your vote counts this year. Get information on voter registration, your voting rights by state and more at the AFL-CIO’s MyVoteMyRight.org.

Have questions about your voting rights? Call 866-Our-Vote (866-687-8683).

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