Judge Halts Pennsylvania Voter ID Requirement
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats have a court victory in Pennsylvania, after a judge blocked the state’s voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day.
Democrats have said the requirement is just a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama. Foes of the new voter I-D law also said it would keep the elderly and minorities from voting.
Judge Robert Simpson said he’s not convinced that every voter would be able to get a valid ID.
The ruling could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. But the decision was based on guidelines given to the judge in recent days by the high court justices.
The law could still go into full effect next year, though the judge still has the option of issuing a permanent injunction.
In a statement, the Obama campaign said the decision means that “eligible voters can vote on Election Day.”
But the state’s Republican Party chairman says he’s disappointed with the ruling. He says the identification law was a “common-sense reform” that is aimed at ensuring “one person, one vote.”