Judge Blocks Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

Tom Curry, NBC News, October 2, 2012

A Pennsylvania judge has blocked enforcement of the key section of a voter identification law which the state legislature enacted and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed last March, meaning that the law will not be in effect for the Nov. 6 election.

Judge Robert Simpson said that even with the streamlined procedures that state officials proposed to make it easier for voters without ID cards to obtain them, “the proposed changes are to occur about five weeks before the general election, and I question whether sufficient time now remains to attain the goal of liberal access” to ID cards.

He said, “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.”


Simpson ruled that those voters who cast provisional ballots will not be required to return to their county election board within six days of the election to show proof of identification.

Simpson’s ruling means that the photo ID requirement won’t be in effect for the Nov. 6 election, but it may be in effect for future elections. His decision did not strike down the entire law; in fact he rejected efforts by those challenging to law to stop state officials from educating voters about the voter ID requirement.

Simpson also said that those challenging the law have conceded that the part of the law which requires proof of identification for absentee voting does not harm would-be voters and may be implemented.

According to a recent Franklin & Marshall poll, nearly three out of five registered Pennsylvania voters favor the photo identification requirement.

Although some Republicans had hopes this summer of making Pennsylvania competitive in the presidential race, recent polling shows GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney between 7 and 12 percentage points behind President Barack Obama in the state.


An initial assessment by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carol Aichele’s office found that 91 percent of the state’s 8.2 million registered voters have Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued licenses which are acceptable ID for voting.


The law also says other forms of ID are acceptable, such as military ID cards, U.S. passports, identification cards from accredited Pennsylvania colleges or universities or state senior care facilities, or other photo identification cards issued by the federal, Pennsylvania, county or municipal governments.

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  • This is more proof of a single party system working against the will of the American people.

  • The__Bobster

    What a pantload! The ACLU stalled and stalled by going from court to court, shopping for a friendly libtared judge. Now the fraudsters  “don’t have enough time” to obtain ID’s?

  • Ahhh the sweet smell of freedom!  

  • Eagle_Eyed

    Yeah, this is just an arbitrary decision made for arbitrary reasons.  The judge is basically admitting that their is no reason ID voter laws should be illegal, but I’ll arbitrarily say people don’t have enough time to get an ID before voting.  Of course the election is a month away.  This is plenty of time for the 1 to 2% of people who don’t have photo identification.

    Judicial tyranny has brought this country to its knees faster than anything Obama can do.

  • In the immortal words of AL Sharpton :

    ““White folks was in caves while we was building empires… We taught
    philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek
    homos ever got around to it.”
    – Rev. Al Sharpton

    From LBJ : “These negros, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a
    problem for us since they’ve got something now they’ve never had before,
    the political pull to back up their uppityness.”

    • blight14


    • Black Swan

      After signing the Civil Rights Bill, Johnson said,    “I’ll have those n****** voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”  

    • Up to my neck in CA

      ““White folks was in caves while we was building empires… We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”
      Flash-forward to today and somehow they forgot how to do all of these things.

  • JohnEngelman

    The President is comfortably ahead in the Electoral College.
    Otherwise, this could have been the decision that won the election for him. 

  • JDInSanDiego

    “I expected more photo IDs to have been issued by this time. ”  
    Maybe not too many people actually need them, genius.

  • youhavetherighttoremainsilent

    isa cant believes my ear master here go brova obambo an he be talkin in JIVE YO!!! GREAT DAYS IN THA MORNINGS!!! SHEEEE  DO DAT REALLY BE HIM???

  • tacheles

    Minorities have trouble getting IDs? Require IDs to get an Obama pho’. Voila. Problem solved.

  •  The PA Supreme court narrowly defined what the judge could do, he didn’t have many options. While renewing my license at Pendot I noticed that the people who couldn’t get an ID card were the morons who showed up without any documents.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    It is a democracy unless the people don’t vote the way they are suppose to vote.

    I know the U.S. is not a democracy, It is constitutional republic.

  • Black Swan

    This is rule by judicial tyranny.