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Court Upholds Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he will not stop the state's Voter ID law.

Commonwealth Court Judge Judge Robert Simpson said Wednesday morning that he will not grant an injunction that would have stopped Pennsylvania's  from going into effect.

The challenge to the law was brought by voter advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.

ACLU attorney Witold J. Walczak told The Washington Post that the case isn't over. “It’s why they make appeals courts.”

Is this good or bad for Pennsylvania? Leave a comment.

Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms, according to the Associated Press.

Pennsylvania passed a law in March requiring all registered voters to show a valid and “acceptable” photo ID before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation. 

Opponents of the law say it disproportionately targets the elderly as well as the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democrat. Furthermore, critics say that the burden of obtaining an acceptable ID for these people would keep them from voting.

According to proponents of the law, including State Senator Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th District) who introduced the Pennsylvania bill, the law is meant to prevent voter fraud.

Thirty states have some sort of Voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, of those, 19 do not require a photo, six require a photo and five, including Pennsylvania, have strict .

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is looking at whether Pennsylvania's tough new voter law requiring photo identification complies with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and on Monday asked the state's top election official --  a chief supporter of the law -- for a long list of information about it.

Read Judge Judge Robert Simpson's 70-page decision (attached).

NS August 18, 2012 at 01:47 AM
If this was a work place vote instead of a political one, wouldn't you want to ensure that everyone who voted was an employee? Or would you want people to game the system and force you to adopt work policy and compensation based on their agenda?
Steve Sears August 18, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Hi Bill. I gather you do NOT know about the Republican Corporate Agenda known as ALEC. The Voter ID is one of the many concepts among the many developed by the Corporate run organization named ALEC. If you note this Voter ID law has been initiated in those states where the Republics have won the Governorship and the state Legislature - like here in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, etc. The Corporate run ALEC has been working to create numerous agendas favorable to themselves for over eight years. If you want to learn more go to ALECEXPOSED.ORG. There's a list of State & Federal Legislatures who belong to ALEC. Senator Greenleaf was one of them until we persuaded him to quit. If you go to http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Legislators_Who_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC you see Greenleaf's name and many others who have recently quit ALEC. We've also persuaded over 30 large companies to drop their membership - Amazon, Pepsi, etc. Go to http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Corporations_Who_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC and you'll find out more. This PA VOTER ID is NOT a local initiative - it was conceived by ALEC and has been driven by Corbett and our Republican legislatures for the obvious reason to influence the 2012 election in favor of Romney. This is the Karl Rove "Win At Any Cost" philosophy.
Steve Sears August 18, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Hi Bill. I gather you do NOT know about the Republican Corporate Agenda known as ALEC. The Voter ID is one of the many concepts among the many developed by the Corporate run organization named ALEC. If you note this Voter ID law has been initiated in those states where the Republics have won the Governorship and the state Legislature - like here in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, etc. The Corporate run ALEC has been working to create numerous agendas favorable to themselves for over eight years. If you want to learn more go to ALECEXPOSED.ORG. There's a list of State & Federal Legislatures who belong to ALEC. Senator Greenleaf was one of them until we persuaded him to quit. If you go to http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Legislators_Who_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC you see Greenleaf's name and many others who have recently quit ALEC. We've also persuaded over 30 large companies to drop their membership - Amazon, Pepsi, etc. Go to http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Corporations_Who_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC and you'll find out more. This PA VOTER ID is NOT a local initiative - it was conceived by ALEC and has been driven by Corbett and our Republican legislatures for the obvious reason to influence the 2012 election in favor of Romney. This is the Karl Rove "Win At Any Cost" philosophy.
Steve Sears August 20, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Hi Don, Since your daughters DL is from 2008 it no doubt has an expiration date on it that is unacceptable. Any and All Voter's ID has to have an current expiration date that hasn't expired!! Her DL may have a PA current address, but the expiration date is they way they will deny her the right to vote here in PA.
Amy August 21, 2012 at 02:46 AM
when the PA voter ID law is a target of the comedians and satirists, I have to agree it is rigged http://www.hulu.com/watch/392150

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