Emmaus Patch Reacts to Voter ID Decision
Will this decision stick? Both sides had said they would appeal this ruling.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson upheld Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law in an announcement today. Simpson, who is from Nazareth, said he wouldn’t grant an injunction to stop the law requiring all voters to show a photo ID before voting.
The challenge to the law was brought by voter advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.
It’s unclear what this decision will actually mean, since both sides had vowed to appeal the judgment if it didn’t go their way.
Pennsylvania passed a law in March requiring all registered voters to show a valid and “acceptable” photo ID before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation.
Opponents of the law say it disproportionately targets the elderly as well as the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democrat. Furthermore, critics say that the burden of obtaining an acceptable ID for these people would keep them from voting.
Thirty states have some sort of Voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Of those, 19 do not require a photo, six require a photo and five, including Pennsylvania, have strict photo requirements.