The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania are backing a lawsuit to block implementation of the Pennsylvanian new voter ID law. The groups filed an amicus brief to ask for reconsideration of an Aug 15th ruling denying an injunction against the new law.
“Pennsylvania’s voter ID law disenfranchises Asian Americans and prevents racial and language minorities from exercising their fundamental right to vote,” said Margaret Fung, Executive Director of AALDEF.
Under Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, all eligible voters must present government-issued photo identification in order to vote. If there are discrepancies between the name and format of the ID and the voter rolls, then the poll workers will have what the brief calls “unfettered discretion” in potentially preventing people from casting their vote.
Asian Americans are the fastest growing population group in the United States with over 70 percent becoming naturalized citizens by passing english proficiency and citizenship tests.