Judge Halts Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Until After Nov. 6 General Election
Commonwealth Court judge rules after hearing two days of testimony. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is possible.
A judge ruled today that Pennsylvania's tough new Voter ID Law should be put on hold until after the Nov. 6 general election, according to an Associated Press report.
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Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson heard two days of testimony last week, as directed by the Supreme Court, to determine whether the state has made it easy enough to get a photo ID in order to vote.
Opponents say the law disenfranchises voters—especially the young, poor and elderly, who tend to vote for Democrats.
Supporters say the law will prevent voter fraud—but that justification sparked controversy when GOP state Rep. Mike Turzai of Bradford Woods said the law will allow Gov. Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania.
Some political analysts called the voter fraud prevention argument "a sham."
Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the last day for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the general election.