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.

The ruling can be appealed to the state Supreme Court, which said it would expedite any further action in the case since Election Day is just five weeks away.

Do you agree with the ruling? Tell us in the comments section below.

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.

NE12Ukid October 05, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Sue T3:18 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2012 NE!@Ukid--you are required to show an id at the doctors if you are using insurance/medicare/medicaid .>>> I am not on medicaid, am not on medicare, but do have my health insurance, and I do show my health insurance card, but no other ID has been requested at my doctor. Of course old shadow (aka cc) just HAS to write some ridiculously overblown nonsense as if she knows me or anything about me and my family.
cc October 05, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Courts are the worse especially down at family division. I hear so many of my employees complain about divorces, child support and family division. When they come in and say in 2 weeks I need a few hours off in the morning to go there, I usually just schedule them off the whole day as they never get out of there. A 9 am appointment shouldn't last till 3 in the afternoon.
Ronda Snow October 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Everyone on both sides is completely missing the point. Having ID or not isn't the problem. The problem is the totally erratic, irrational way the law was rushed through and implemented. The problem isn't voters defrauding the system, it's political partisans defrauding the voter. If you want an ID law, fine...show me the numbers. Where's the evidence to support your argument? The side arguing disenfranchisement have HUGE numbers...nearing what, 7, 8, 9% of the entire electorate? What are the numbers supporting voter fraud? 1? Zero?. This issue, like most, requires facts, reason and logic-something I haven't seen from the GOP in a long, long time.
Jean Smith October 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
They have been trying to get this law passed since Rendell was in office. Now that it was voted out, we will have Acorn running people around to vote in many different voting places. Not far but isn't the the democratic way.
Tara Smith October 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I agree. This did seem rushed, was there ever a specific amount of time distinguished? It many not seem very difficult to get an ID, be that Voter or State ID; for some though, it is. People who live in smaller areas don't always have the easiest way to get around, public transportation in certain areas isn't the most reliable and affording a taxi isn't the most cost effective either. People don't always have family around who can drive them places either. I don't necessarily think that the Voter ID law is a bad idea, I just don't think it's as easy to get as some people think.


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