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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.


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