The procrustean voter ID requirement Republicans have tried to push through a number of state legislatures is crumbling, at least with respect to the 2012 election. Common sense got in the way of enforcing these last-minute laws, and the revelations about the GOP's hiring consultants to skew voter registration lists may have influenced a few officials, too.
Pennsylvania's House Majority leader, Mike Turzai, a Republican, was straightfoward about what he expected from Pennsylvania's proposed vote suppression efforts: "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done!"
Now the same judge who upheld the Pennsylvania law a couple of months ago has turned around and suspended it.
Judge Simpson said in his Tuesday ruling that for the presidential election of Nov. 6, voters in Pennsylvania could be asked to produce the newly required photo IDs, but if they did not have them could still go ahead and vote. ...NYT
But this battle is far from over. Opponenents of this suspension could appeal to the state supreme court, which had asked Simpson to review his earlier decision.
Given the ongoing revelations about Republican efforts to take the vote away from the majority of Americans, we might want to examine whether they are Americans -- born here or new citizens -- or whether they're from some place like Kenya or Jakarta and just here to destroy freedom and democracy.
An appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is possible. That court ordered Simpson, who had earlier declared the law constitutional and said it could go into effect this fall, to again review the state’s revamped procedures for providing photo IDs to those who lack them.
“I cannot conclude the proposed changes cure the deficiency in liberal access [to voting] identified by the Supreme Court,” Simpson wrote.
The issue of voter IDs has sharply divided Republicans and Democrats nationally, and the battle was especially intense in Pennsylvania, one of the states most hotly contested in the presidential election campaign. ...WaPo