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Pennsylvania Labor Attorney Irwin Aronson Comments on the Legal Challenge to the New PA Voter ID Law on The Rick Smith Show

July 18, 2012

Irwin W. Aronson, a partner with Willig, Williams & Davidson and longtime general counsel of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO – the largest labor federation operating in the Commonwealth, was the opening guest on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 edition of The Rick Smith Show, “Where Working People Come to Talk.”

Talk Show Host Rick Smith interviewed Aronson on the very significant legal challenge to the new Pennsylvania voter ID law that has been imposed by a highly partisan act of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett on the people of Pennsylvania. Aronson, a Pennsylvania labor law attorney, has a long history of dealing with issues such as voting rights and election law. Also, the firm for which he works, Willig, Williams & Davidson, is representing the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and its affiliates in a constitutional challenge to the implementation of the repressive law. It has been initiated by a group of Pennsylvania registered voters who do not have the new law’s required photo ID and who have long participated in exercising their right to vote as citizens. Those disenfranchised voters are being represented by the ACLU and Willig, Williams & Davidson has filed an extensive and illuminating amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in support of the challengers. The trial on the case will begin on July 25, 2012 in the Commonwealth Court sitting in Harrisburg.

During the interview, Aronson pointed out the multiple Pennsylvania Constitution violations and flaws embodied in the adoption of the voter ID bill by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the signing of it into law by Governor Corbett. Aronson made clear that in our, “Constitutional form of state government, our elected officials get their limited power from the people, by way of the people’s constitution…and not the reverse.” Aronson and Smith discussed the more than 225 years of Pennsylvania being the lead among the 50 states in expanding and securing voting rights for all adult citizens. The reality is that the new voter ID law is an attempt for purely political purposes to essentially repeal that admirable history. Aronson went on to characterize the law as, “A solution in search of  problem…” pointing out that Corbett, during his two terms as Pennsylvania’s attorney general and chief law enforcement officer, did not prosecute even one case of voter impersonation – the only issue addressed by the new voter suppression law.

To listen to the entire interview, click here.

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