Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Sent Back By State Supreme Court To Lower Court For Reconsideration

Source: The Huffington Post

In a potentially significant victory for Democrats, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated a lower court’s decision to uphold the states’s restrictive new voter ID law on Tuesday, and asked the judge to consider enjoining it instead.

The law, passed by a Republican legislature and governor, requires voters to have specific, state-issued photo ID — a move that opponents say could disenfranchise tens of thousands of people, most of them minorities, students, and the elderly.

“We are not satisfied with a mere predictive judgment based primarily on the assurances of government officials,” the court wrote of arguments that voters would not be disenfranchised by the law.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the Commonwealth Court judge, but with instructions that seemed almost designed to force him to enjoin the law.

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