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Judge halts Pa.'s tough new voter ID requirement

Posted by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania's divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

The decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID could be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

However, 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.

Simpson ordered the state not to enforce the photo ID requirement in this year's presidential election but will allow it to go into full effect next year.

One lawyer for the plaintiffs said it appeared to be a "win." Election workers will still be allowed to ask voters for a valid photo ID, but people without it can vote on a regular voting machine in the polling place and would not have to cast a provisional ballot or prove their identity to election officials after the election.

His ruling came after listening to two days of testimony about the state's eleventh-hour efforts to make it easier to get a valid photo ID. He also heard about long lines and ill-informed clerks at driver's license centers and identification requirements that made it hard for some registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID.

The 6-month-old 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.

Pennsylvania, traditionally considered one of the most valuable a presidential swing states, is showing a persistent lead for Obama in independent polls. As a result, the state has been virtually empty of presidential TV ads and off the candidates' beaten paths to more contested states in recent weeks.

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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yay - conservatives are now shaking in their boots. If they can't stop legitimate democrat voters they are screwed.

vonna610
by Bronze Member on Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM


Quoting mikiemom:

Yay - conservatives are now shaking in their boots. If they can't stop legitimate democrat voters they are screwed.

this is like back in the day O-o  and i think that this only made people want to vote even more because they were trying to stop them from doing so.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

We actually went up last week thursday and Friday and ferried low income seniors in the Philly area to the DMV to get Photo ID, I'm glad it's not needed now. That's why my mom came in to visit even though she is a registered Republican. She was one of the people that traveled to the south in the sixties to do voter registration drives. She said she would be damned if she was going to allow these jackwipes to send civil rights back this far. We had a blast - met some very interesting people, I met one WWII veteran, he was 16 when he enlisted.

Quoting vonna610:


Quoting mikiemom:

Yay - conservatives are now shaking in their boots. If they can't stop legitimate democrat voters they are screwed.

this is like back in the day O-o  and i think that this only made people want to vote even more because they were trying to stop them from doing so.

 

vonna610
by Bronze Member on Oct. 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM


Quoting mikiemom:

We actually went up last week thursday and Friday and ferried low income seniors in the Philly area to the DMV to get Photo ID, I'm glad it's not needed now. That's why my mom came in to visit even though she is a registered Republican. She was one of the people that traveled to the south in the sixties to do voter registration drives. She said she would be damned if she was going to allow these jackwipes to send civil rights back this far. We had a blast - met some very interesting people, I met one WWII veteran, he was 16 when he enlisted.

Quoting vonna610:


Quoting mikiemom:

Yay - conservatives are now shaking in their boots. If they can't stop legitimate democrat voters they are screwed.

this is like back in the day O-o  and i think that this only made people want to vote even more because they were trying to stop them from doing so.


my mom and dad lives in philly they been there since they were born and voted in every election and i didnt want this to stop them from doing so this year.

there much older mom - 65   dad 78. 

and the will be voting for obama again.

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