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Pennsylvania voter ID law halted

Published: Tue, October 2, 2012 @ 10:24 a.m.

Pennsylvania voter ID law halted

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson this morning delayed the Pennsylvania voter ID law after hearing two days of testimony last week, the Associated Press reports.

The law will not go into effect for November’s presidential election but could be used next year, the AP reports.

An appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected. Simpson, of Nazareth, previously refused to strike down the law, which was passed earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett. The legislation received no Democrat votes. The state Supreme Court ordered Simpson to reconsider the law, and set a tougher standard, telling the judge to weigh if the law disenfranchised any voters.

The law required registered voters in the state to present a valid photo ID in order to vote, and testimony indicated there were issues in all voters getting access to the cards. The state several times lessened requirements in an effort to make the process more simple.

Republicans said the law was necessary to prevent voter fraud, but Democrats insisted it disenfranchised minorities and the elderly, traditional Democrat constituencies. A top state Republican later said the law would allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania.


1Attis(879 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Those responsible for this blatant voter suppression attempt should be charged with violating rights of voters. Instead of suppressing votes why not expand them by making election day a holiday and the deadline for registration. Who's afraid of democracy?

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2DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

There is no blatant voter fraud. It's a myth. It doesn't exist. The very idea of it is nonsensical. It doesn't occur in small numbers and it certainly isn't rampant.

But please, feel free to post some facts that prove otherwise.

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3Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Just bring your water bill or Giant Eagle Advatage card. Next thing you'll know people will be saying that dead people voted. But if dead people do, just ask for a picture of their tombstone, that should be good enough.

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4GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The next case of in person voter fraud in PA will be the first ever. It doesn't exist and is a blatant attempt by one party to suppress the vote and sway the election in their favor.

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5DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Where is all this rampant voter fraud occurring? The states have spent millions of dollars passing legislation, fighting in court and I don't why. As a taxpayer, I'm ticked.

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6AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't understand why repubs are so scared of election fraud. Because of election fraud I believe George W Bush was elected president. Becareful what you wish for Repubs.

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7Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

What in the world is so difficult showing a ID or getting one? It's mind boggling that there is a issue with this. Everyone should have some form of Identification.

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