A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction on a new voter identification law that Democrats say could harm President Obama’s re-election chances by unfairly targeting minorities, college students and others in a key swing state.
The decision by Robert Simpson, a commonwealth court judge, clears the way for Pennsylvania to require voters in the Nov. 6 general election to produce photo identification before they are allowed to cast ballots. ...
... The American Civil Liberties Union is expected to appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. A tie would affirm the law. ...NYT
Partisan politics peaked over the state's voter ID requirement last month when state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, a Delaware County Republican, suggested the new law could "allow Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania."
Democrats said the Republican's statement was proof that the law was a partisan ploy designed to deter minority voters, who historically vote for Democrats. ....Reading [PA] Eagle
This is kind of what one might expect from, say, South Carolina. But not Pennsylvania...