Election Law

Judge Halts Enforcement of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law


A Pennsylvania judge has enjoined enforcement of the state’s voter ID law, allowing state voters to cast ballots in the upcoming presidential election without obtaining photo identification.

Judge Robert Simpson issued his decision on Tuesday, report the Philadelphia Inquirer, Reuters, Forbes and the Associated Press.

According to the Inquirer and Forbes, Simpson found fault with a section of the law requiring voters without IDs to cast provisional ballots and then to produce photo identification within six days. Simpson said the time period was not sufficient.

Simpson ruled (PDF) after hearing testimony about state efforts to make it easier to obtain a valid photo ID. The state supreme court had directed Simpson to consider whether photo IDs were actually available and whether voter disenfranchisement would result.

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