Judge Halts Pa.’s Tough New Voter ID Requirement

Source: Marc Levy / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa.  — A judge postponed Pennsylvania’s controversial voter identification requirement on Tuesday, ordering the state not to enforce it in this year’s presidential election.

The decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The law could go into full effect next year, under Simpson’s ruling.

However, Simpson based his decision on guidelines given to him days ago by the high court justices, and it could easily be the final word on the law just five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

His ruling came after listening to two days of testimony about the state’s eleventh-hour efforts to make it easier to get a valid photo ID. He also heard about long lines and ill-informed clerks at driver’s license centers and identification requirements that made it hard for some registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID.

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  • James Williams

    I’m tired of all this talk about the Black vote and who they are voting for. Right now, we are broke, busted. How about that. What is the so-called Black Leadership saying about that. I’m not with all of this Black Pride Bulls… Where’s the Beef, thats the game. Let’s not get it twisted.