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Federal Judge Says Ariz. Can Enforce 'Show Papers' Law; Top Pa. Court Calls for More Voter ID Review

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Ruling this week on a controversial state law requiring individuals to provide identification, a federal judge in Arizona has OK’d a so-called “show me your papers” provision allowing authorities to check the identities of those thought to be possible illegal immigrants.

However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has asked a Commonwealth Court judge to try again concerning the constitutionality of a law that would allow authorities to seek identification from those trying to vote in government elections.

On Tuesday, the state’s highest court expressed doubt about Pennsylvania officials’ claims that free identification has been made available to all those who will need it to vote, and called for further review by the lower court judge, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It said the judge should decide by Oct. 2 whether the law can be implemented without invalidating the votes of “members of some of the most vulnerable segments of our society,” including those who are elderly and disabled.

In another Tuesday ruling, in federal court in Arizona, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton lifted an injunction that had prevented enforcement of a controversial state immigration provision that allows police to question individuals’ immigration status as they enforce other laws, according to CNN.

The Associated Press and Bloomberg also have stories.

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