HARRISBURG, October 2, 2012 – – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) issued the following statement in response to today’s Commonwealth Court ruling on the Voter ID law.

“It is encouraging that Judge Robert Simpson’s ruling effectively postpones the ill effects of a misguided and improperly motivated Voter ID law, but it is still not the endgame. This ruling signals that the tide is turning against any laws that would serve to suppress the vote and any laws that would disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters from exercising their most fundamental right.

“While the ruling itself is a victory for Pennsylvania voters, the costs incurred by the Commonwealth in trying to administer it should be of concern to all Pennsylvanians. Millions of state dollars have been spent implementing, promoting, challenging and defending this law – costs that clearly could have been avoided when our state budget is so constrained.”

“The focus now — and always — has to be on encouraging the vote while assuring trust and integrity in the outcomes of our elections at all levels of government. It is time to re-double our efforts to those ends and to pursue them with proper consideration to state spending priorities.”

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