The Justice Department is investigating whether Pennsylvania’s voter ID law discriminates against minorities, an agency spokesman said Monday.
The Justice Department sent a three-page letter to Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, a member of Gov. Tom Corbett’s cabinet, notifying her of the probe and requesting documents, records and databases. Michael Passman, an official with the Office of Public Affairs, provided the letter.
Neither Aichele nor her spokesman were available and the governor’s office was unaware of the letter.
The federal agency is investigating the law, which is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others to be heard beginning Wednesday in Commonwealth Court.
On Tuesday groups including the NAACP plan to rally against the law.