Pennsylvania judge sustains the voter id law

Surprisingly to many civil rights activists Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson decided against granting injunction to the new election legislation making it more likely to be in effect for presidential elections coming in November.
Voter id bill requiring to produce an accepted piece of photo id card upon casting a ballot was passed in March this year. It immediately picked a lot of controversy just like in other states, mainly on the grounds of poor and elderly risk of being eliminated from the election process due to lack of means to get proper identification card. This usually meant high cost of getting birth certificate for the ones who were born out of state.
Differently than other states Pennsylvania Department of State announced in July it would start issuing custom id card just for voting purposes for those who don’t have proper identification. Requirements for getting the id badge would be much more relaxed when compared to state id card or driver’s license mainly due to birth certificate not being included on the mandatory supporting documentation list.
Since passing the law media has been full of stories of senior voters who wouldn’t be able to vote under new rules unless they decide to go through the hassles of getting proper identification. Judge Simpson emphasized the fact that plaintiffs put a lot of effort in detail description of cases where voters have been put at risk of inability to vote however he also said he had to make a decision based on the Constitution rather than sympathy.
Witold J. Walczak, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer already mentioned that the decision will be appealed in the Supreme Court. At this point of time Pennsylvania Supreme Court consists of 6 judges, 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats, another Republican judge, Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been suspended while fighting criminal corruption charges.
In my honest opinion a lot depends on PennDOT issuing custom id cards for voting; if this goes smooth and fast the appeal has little chance and Pennsylvania solution might become a model for other states facing the same problem. On the other hand if the cards issuance goes rough the voter id law opponents will gain a new, strong argument that the state not only failed to provide all voters with proper id badges but it also added confusion by making promise they couldn’t keep.

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