Official In Charge Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law: ‘I Don’t Know What The Law Says’

July 31, 2012 11:16 am

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state’s controversial voter ID law, said she wasn’t sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.

“I don’t know what the law says,” Aichele said under questioning, according to CBS.Aichele also couldn’t provide any evidence that 99 percent of voters already have a valid form of ID, as the state has claimed. CBS reported that when lawyers cited testimony from a Department of State official calling the number likely inaccurate, Aichele responded “I disagree.”

Aichele also said that ID cards issued by the state’s Department of Transportation are the best choice for voters, though a lawyer seeking to block the law said other valid IDs may be easier to obtain.

The state has agreed it will not argue that there is any evidence of in-person voter impersonation fraud. The Justice Department has launched a separate investigation into the law.

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