A Pennsylvania judge Wednesday allowed a Republican-backed law requiring voters to show IDs to go into effect starting this Election Day, a setback for Democrats and civil rights groups who contend that such laws could deny many Americans the right to vote.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said those challenging the law had failed to prove that it violates the state constitution by denying voters’ rights. He also disputed the challengers’ predictions of the number of voters at stake and said there is still time for those without proper ID to acquire it.
Now the fight is not over and the PA Supreme Court could hear this case next but the court has 3 Republican and 3 Democratic judges and a split court ruling would revert tot he lower court ruling, upholding the law. I thought this was going to pass muster and it looks like it may. The question is will this ruling encourage other states to enact similar laws.
I know that this is not about MA but we have discussed Voter ID laws recently here.