Some York County politicos are split on a judge's decision to strike down the state's controversial voter ID law, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.
Such has generally been the case since Republicans passed the law in 2012.
After a trial in state court, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley wrote last week that the requirement to show photo identification at the polls places an unreasonable burden on the right to vote.
The county's Democratic Party took an early stance against the requirement, and party chair Bob Kefauver said McGinley's decision was a "huge victory for democracy and the principles upon which this commonwealth and this nation were built."
"This decision puts another nail in the coffin of Republican vote-rigging schemes that are designed to gain unfair advantages in elections. It's truly sad that (Gov.) Tom Corbett and the Harrisburg Republicans have yet again left Pennsylvania taxpayers with nothing more than a bill for millions of dollars."
Rep responds: Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, cited House Majority Leader Mike Turzai's oft-quoted, pre-presidential election remark that voter ID requirements would win the state of Pennsylvania for GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
He said trial testimony showed not everyone has easy access to state facilities to get the free identification promised by state officials.
Nine Pennsylvania counties have no Department of Transportation support access for residents to get ID. Another nine are open only one day per week. Multiple others are only open two days per week, he said.
Some people, whether because of age, illness, or economic reasons, aren't "simply and casually" able to go get identification, Schreiber said.
"Access to elections is meant to be free and equal," he said. "As we've been dealing with it over the past couple years ... we have clear examples that this would have disenfranchised voters and prohibited people from being able to exercise their democratic right."
While proponents cited voter fraud as an impetus for the law, the Department of State has conceded there is no substantiative fraud, he said.
Opposing views: But local Republicans said they're hoping the Corbett administration pushes for an appeal.
"I think it's a bad decision," said Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township. "It's an easy concept. Go to PennDOT if you don't have an ID. It makes we wonder if we should make voters register to vote, or if that's an undo burden."
He said the law would have ensured the integrity of the vote, and said it was passed to prevent vote-rigging, not to further it.
Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, said identification is needed for "almost everything in this world."
"To get over-the-counter medicine you need an ID," he said. "ID is so important a person almost can't live in this world without it."
Miller said he plans to investigate whether there's a way to pass voter identification rules "slightly differently" while still requiring ID.
He said the law is needed to prevent scams.
"It's not like it was in York County 30 years ago when you knew everyone in the community," he said. "It's difficult to assure people aren't registered in multiple places, and there needs to be a way to make sure they are who they say they are."
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has said says she's waiting for a signal from Corbett's office to decide whether to appeal the ruling.
A democrat, Kane has said she considered McGinley's ruling "thoughtful."
She said believed the voter ID law was constitutional, but that implementing it may pose legal problems.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Christina Kauffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.