Posted: August 15, 2012
Judge Does Not Block Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
A Pennsylvania state court judge denied a motion by several individuals and organizations to block the state's new voter ID law. In denying the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Robert Simpson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania determined that the plaintiffs were not likely to succeed on their claims that the law on its face violates certain provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution. According to Judge Simpson, the plaintiffs did not establish that disenfranchisement due to the law was "immediate or inevitable." The plaintiffs will likely appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for a determination of whether the law will be in effect for the 2012 general election. The case is Applewhite v. Pennsylvania.