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Pennsylvania Voter ID law suspended

On remand, Judge Simpson issues preliminary injunction

By Leonard J. French, Esq. – Posted: 2-October, 2012 – 11:14 EDT – Edited: 2-October, 2012 – 11:22 EDT

A Pennsylvania Judge issued an injunction blocking the State's controversial Voter ID law on Tuesday.

The law had been reviewed by the State Supreme Court and remanded back to Judge Robert Simpson with instructions to issued an injunction if was likely that voters would be disenfranchised.

In his decision, the Judge writes:

"I expected more photo IDs to have been issued by this time. For this reason, I accept Petitioners’ argument that in the remaining five weeks before the general election, the gap between the photo IDs issued and the estimated need will not be closed. I reject Respondents’ argument that my initial estimate was overblown.

Consequently, I am not still convinced in my predictive judgment 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. Under these circumstances, I am obliged to enter a preliminary injunction."

Judge Simpson's opinion can be found here.

The law could still take effect at a later date or face a renewed challenge by opponents to block it completely.

- Leonard J. French

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