Paul Drucker, the Democratic challenger for the 157th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, expressed frustration Wednesday morning with the to let the controversial voter ID law stand.
In a written statement released by the campaign, Drucker reiterated his opposition to the law and emphasized the voter ID helpline he created last month will be available to help get 157th District residents the necessary identification to cast a ballot in November.
"I am disappointed by the court's decision, but this only strengthens my resolve to help the voters in my district get the valid ID they need to vote in November. My campaign is in the process of reaching out to voters whom we believe may not have valid ID, and my voter ID helpline, 1-484-629-VOTE, is open. I encourage any voter with questions about the voter ID law, or who needs assistance to get valid photo ID to call the helpline so we can assist them. I am committed to making sure that this new law does not disenfranchise the voters of the 157th," Drucker wrote.
While the office of incumbent Warren Kampf (R-157) declined to comment, state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement saying, in part, "I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court recognized this law for what it is—commonsense reform to ensure that every voter and every vote is protected."
The NAACP, one of the organizations who, along with the ACLU, brought the challenge to the law, vowed to appeal the ruling. National president Benjamin Todd Jealous issued a statement saying, "This law, like other state laws enacted across the U.S., has the potential to suppress thousands of votes in the Commonwealth during this election. The NAACP, in conjunction with its state conferences, will continue to combat these efforts on the ground and mobilize voters. We will have to fight for our right to vote again."