NAACP Commends Pennsylvania Court Ruling While Preparing for Elections

(Philadelphia, PA) – The NAACP released statements today after Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson granted a partial preliminary injunction against Pennsylvania’s strict photo ID law in this election cycle. The Pennsylvania NAACP will hold a joint press conference at 2:00 in City Hall with Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer – more information to come.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the Pennsylvania voter. On November 6, voters will no longer need to produce an identification to ensure that their vote is counted. As we look towards 2013, the Pennsylvania NAACP will take this battle from the courts to the legislature. We are confident that this state will not tolerate voter suppression.”

Jerome Mondesire, President of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference:

“The ruling today is encouraging for all Pennsylvanians. Unfortunately, it is a decision that should have been made a long time ago. With 35 days left until Election Day, the state must work with the NAACP and other leading organizations to limit voter confusion. We will work to ensure that poll workers do not wrongly enforce the law, and that all counties are monitored on Election Day."

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The NAACP is a 501c3 non-partisan organization.

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