Kane not involved in appeal of voter ID decision

No appeal decision made yet by governor

Posted: 5:15 PM EST Jan 20, 2014

State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane stresses any decision to appeal the voter ID court ruling rests solely with Pennsylvania's governor and the secretary of the commonwealth.

Kane said a decision to appeal must be made on or before Monday, Jan. 27.

On Friday, State Judge Bernard McGinley ruled that the voter ID law is unconstitutional and that implementation efforts would be insufficient to ensure free and fair elections.

In a news release, Kane said her office has served as co-counsel to the governor and secretary of the commonwealth since litigation over the voter ID law commenced in 2012.

Upon assuming office in January 2013, Attorney General Kane said she carefully reviewed the status of all pending matters, including the voter ID case.

While Kane expressed concern that it might not be possible to implement the voter ID law in a manner sufficient to ensure free and fair elections, ,she determined that the OAG's role as counsel in the case should continue.

The governor and secretary of the commonwealth are also represented by an outside law firm retained by the Governor's Office of General Counsel (OGC).

State Judge Bernard McGinley's

State Judge Bernard McGinley's