Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Judge Halts Voter ID Law

Judge Robert Simpson
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson postponed Pennsylvania’s controversial voter identification requirement today. The law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The law could go into full effect next year, under Simpson’s ruling.

Simpson based his decision on guidelines given to him days ago by the high court justices, and it could easily be the final word on the law just five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

The law, now among the nation’s toughest,  has sparked a divisive debate over voting rights and become a high-profile political issue in the contest between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, for Pennsylvania’s prized 20 electoral votes. 

The voter ID law was a signature accomplishment of Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature and its Republican governor, Tom Corbett. Republicans, long suspicious of ballot-box stuffing in the Democratic bastion of Philadelphia, justified it as a bulwark against any potential election fraud.

The plaintiffs — a group of registered voters, plus the Homeless Advocacy Project, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — had sought to block the law from taking effect in this year’s election as part of a wider challenge to its constitutionality. The state Supreme Court had ordered Simpson to stop the law if he thought anyone eligible would be unable to cast a ballot because of it or if he found the state had not complied with law’s promise of providing liberal access to a photo ID that voters were required to carry on Election Day.

(Source: The Boston Globe)


  1. Given that Republicans have been caught red handed committing fraud in Florida and Colorado, I wonder what affect this decision will have on the Pennsylvania results. How many dead republicans are going to vote for Romney?

  2. Oh, I see its viewed differently when its not ACORN doing the same thing in 2008 for Obama. It's all very clear now.

    1. One, the head of the company, Sproul, is also a personal consultant to Romney;
      Two, under a different name the same company had accusations of this practice going back to 2006;
      Three, ACORN wasn't being paid by the Democratic Party whereas this company was contracted by state Republican Parties in five states at the insistence of the RNC.
      Four, ACORN was accused of having workers who created phony registrations for payment which ACORN self-reported. This group not only filed phony registrations, it destroyed valid Democratic registrations and it was caught by authorities not by its own officials,
      Thus, this situation is far more a Republican operation at all levels than ACORN ever was a Democratic one as well as far more criminal in its scope.

  3. The only thing that keeps getting clearer is how wrong Romney had it. You Republicans see yourselves as victims far more than any welfare recipient.


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