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In its petition, announced the first week of July, labor federation cites a new study, taken from state data that, for the first time, details the disproportionate impact of the voter ID law on minorities, students, women, and the elderly. It then urges voters to sign the petition demanding the law's repeal.

The Pennsylvania law is part of a national radical right drive to eject voters who oppose the business-right wing-GOP extremist agenda. Pennsylvania's law is one of 81 anti-voting laws introduced in 31 states since the 2010 GOP state election sweep, according to the large online civil rights group colorofchange.org.

Pennsylvania enacted its voter ID statute before the 2012 election, but the state's Commonwealth Court, its highest, set it aside for last fall's vote, saying the state did not have enough time to reach everyone who needed ID. Starting July 15, the challenge to the law was again in court and unions were again campaigning against the law.

The state is still trying to educate voters and get ID into their hands, state AFL-CIO spokesperson Mike Johnson said in a blog on the federation's website. But an analysis of state records, by statistician Bernard Sisken, shows Pennsylvania's voter ID law - even with all the information and registration efforts - would still throw 670,000 voters off the rolls.

 


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