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Pa. Voter ID Sent Back to Lower Court

A judge now has until Oct. 2 to issue a new opinion on Pennsylvania's Voter ID challenge following a state Supreme Court ruling Tuesday.

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court today sent a challenge to the state's new Voter ID law back to a lower court with instructions for that judge to reconsider issuing an injunction.

It's not yet clear how the court decision will affect or possibly block implementation of the law for the Nov. 6 general election, according to a Philly.com report.

The decision gave Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson -- a former Northampton County judge and a Nazareth resident -- until Oct. 2 to file a new opinion on the case. Simpson upheld the law last month.

The Supreme Court instructed Simpson "to consider whether the procedures being used for deployment" of ID cards comports with the law as written -- which, in testimony before the Supreme Court, appeared not to be the case, according to a Huffington Post report.

If those procedures are not being followed, or if the judge was "not still convinced...that there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the Commonwealth’s implementation of a voter identification requirement for purposes of the upcoming election" then he would be "obliged to enter a preliminary injunction," the higher court wrote.

Two Democratic justices dissented, saying the high court should have issued an injunction itself. The four judges who supported the ruling include three Republicans and one Democrat.

Free photo IDs for voting are available at PennDOT driver's license centers.

The court challenge to the new Voter ID law has been described as a case of contradictions.

RW62 September 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
It’s funny how these leftists seem to add comments to honest posts and place their twisted beliefs or what they are doing at the time (J-off), Losers. Speaking of J-off, Fa Fa sounds like some sort of relieve to me? Just sayin.
RW62 September 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Stealing the vote! What the hell do you think happened in 08 fool. I suppose you and your comrades have all your deceased family members’ voter registration cards ready?
Bill Nut September 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
For the love of god shut up!
Adrian Seltzer September 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
rw62, In PA, I am saying in PA, because from your comment you either never voted here or are from another state, people have to sign the register and their signature has to match, also birthdates are in there so a 50 yr old can't say they are 90. So if the zombie apocolyse voters votes, that is poll worker fraud/incompetence, not voter fraud. The ID will not fix that. The more you know...
kevin September 25, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Most sensible comment on this entire board.

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