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Reaction mixed to Corbett pulling plug on Voter ID law

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

There is mixed reaction to Governor Tom Corbett's decision to not appeal the courts rejection of Pennsylvania's Voter ID law.

Corbett defended the law but says it needed changes and he hoped to work with the legislature on them. Some people are disappointed and think the Governor backed down, possibly to appeal to more voters for his reelection bid.

"It does disappoint me," said Kim Bertch of Dallastown. "Initially, that was something he felt strongly about and I think it's a political stance that he chose to go on the other side because public opinion was against him. I think he should have stuck to his guns and made people have an ID."

There were strong feelings on the other side of the issue as well.

"I'll say this from a non-partisan perspective: the Republican party has a vested interest in making it difficult for folks to vote and I resent that as an American," said Michael Adams of Allentown.

Harrisburg councilman Brad Koplinski is running for lieutenant governor and says the law was bad idea to begin with.

"I'm happy, I guess, that they're not going to continue to pursue it," he said, "but I'm very unhappy that they did for so long. It was a law that targeted the most vulnerable of our citizens and was wrong from the get-go."

But there are those who wonder why presenting an ID is such a burden.

"It requires you to prove that you are who you say you are, and if you're a citizen there shouldn't be an issue with it," said Paige Bradford of Dallastown. "If you're not a citizen, then you shouldn't be voting, really. So, I think requiring you to have an ID to vote is good for everyone."

The law was never enforced, having been put on hold during the legal challenge. A state judge declared it unconstitutional in January.


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