Judge Torpedoes Tough Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
Orders it be postponed until after the election
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
People pass the signs telling of the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote as they head into the the Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., Sept. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania judge today put the brakes on the state's controversial voter ID law, ordering that it not be implemented during this year's presidential election. While an appeal to the state Supreme Court is still possible, the AP notes that the judge's decision was based on high court guidelines, and says that it "could easily be the final word on the law" before voters go to the polls.

The state's supreme court had ordered Judge Robert Simpson to block the law if he thought it would prevent any eligible voters from casting ballots, or if he thought the state hadn't provided sufficient access to the necessary photo IDs. That last matter has been a sticking point; Gov. Tom Corbett last week revamped the process for getting IDs, in a tacit admission that it hadn't been good enough.

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tnben71
Oct 4, 2012 3:45 PM CDT
just get an id card you bunch of coon dumbasses you obviously dont have drivers licenses or this wouldnt be a problem
ski99
Oct 3, 2012 10:48 AM CDT
under 18 can't vote, convicted felons can't vote ... voting becomes meaningless when it is contaminated by voter fraud.
cornelison
Oct 2, 2012 9:20 PM CDT
This is all about money. The rich people who want to control the country give millions to the politicians - especially Republicans. The richest Americans have done well under Obama but they don't want to pay a penny more in taxes - if they even pay taxes on the first place. We're seeing a rotten Republican party full of sociopaths. They lie and betray Americans without batting an eyelash. Even moderate Republicans are too cowardly to come forward and say how harmful the party is to Americans.