Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Barred From Enforcement In November Election By Judge

Source: Peter Jackson / AP / The Huffington Post

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A state judge on Friday barred enforcement of Pennsylvania’s strict voter-identification law in the Nov. 5 general election.

The state also cannot require local elections officials to verbally tell voters at the polls that photo IDs could be required in future elections, but officials can distribute written material about the law, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said.

McGinley’s ruling marked the third consecutive election in which enforcement of the law has been blocked by court order.

The constitutionality of the law is being challenged and was the subject of a 12-day trial before McGinley that ended earlier this month.

Lawyers for the state have said the enforcement issue should be considered one election at a time – as has been the practice since the court’s first order was issued just weeks before the 2012 presidential election. Enforcement also was blocked in the May primary.

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