Jessie Allen on the Historical Background of the PA Voter ID Law Decision

Professor Jessie Allen's op-ed article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains that the recent Commonwealth Court decision upholding the PA Voter ID law rests on a highly questionable foundation.  The Commonwealth Court's opinoin repeatedly cited an 1869 case, Patterson v. Barlow, to justify its decision.  But Professor Allen shows that Patterson is "a blatant example of the anti-democratic voter suppression,"  aimed explicitly at suppressing the votes of the working class and immigrant voters of Philadelphia. 

Read the full op-ed article here.

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