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Judge blocks Pennsylvania voter ID law for November election

Obama just won Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia (CNN) -- A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that state officials cannot enforce a new voter identification law in next month's presidential election.

The ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is expected to be appealed.

Supporters argue that the law signed in March by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett will prevent voter fraud and is upheld by the Constitution.

Opponents contend that the new law will disenfranchise voters, and any implementation should be postponed until after the November 6 presidential election.

The state Supreme Court had given Simpson until Tuesday -- five weeks before the election -- to rule on the matter.

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In his ruling, Simpson granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts enforcement of the law until after the election.

He cited likely disqualification of eligible voters as the reason.

"Consequently, I am not still convinced in my predictive judgment that there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the Commonwealth's implementation of a voter identification requirement for purposes of the upcoming election," Simpson wrote. "Under these circumstances, I am obliged to enter a preliminary injunction."

The ruling means the voter ID law could be enforced starting next year. Simpson said he will schedule a further hearing on whether to issue a permanent injunction.

Prior to the new law, first-time voters in Pennsylvania were allowed to present documents like bank statements and utility bills in lieu of photo identification. Under the new law, all voters would have to present a valid photo ID -- one that is sanctioned by the state -- before they cast their ballots.

To get a photo ID, residents must have a valid Social Security card; an official birth certificate or U.S. citizenship documents; and two proofs of residency, such as a utility bill or tax records.

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Polls show President Barack Obama leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes.

Critics say the new law is an attempt by Republicans -- who overwhelmingly support the measure -- to gain the advantage in a close election.

Corbett said the law "sets a simple and clear standard to protect the integrity of our elections."

However, lawyers on both sides admit there are no known cases of in-person voter fraud.

Civil rights organizations and attorneys filed a lawsuit in May to overturn the new law. The case made its way to the state Supreme Court, which sent the dispute back to Simpson in the Commonwealth Court.

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/02/politics/pennsylvania-voter-id/index.html?hpt=us_c1


Added: Oct-2-2012 Occurred On: Oct-2-2012
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  • It really does boggle the mind to try and understand how a single person can be against voter id laws.

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    • @wharris

      You find it hard to understand because You fail to look into it and like your avatar I suspect you just don't give a damn.

      Statistically voter fraud in the US is non existent. Yet these new laws will, and have been proven in court over & over again, to disenfranchise 10's of thousands of voters.

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    • @Peckerhead
      I don’t buy your argument that voter fraud is statistically nonexistent.
      And I don’t understand the basis for any disenfranchisement claim.
      I have not read the opinion of this judge, but I thought I heard that the bulk of his claim related to the timing of the law, relative to the election.

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    • @Peckerhead What a peckerhead you are.

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    • @wharris Since voter fraud is so rampant,why don't you post some examples....We'll be waiting.

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    • @echo4250
      Inadvertant thumbs up.

      One of the most effective ways to guage voter fraud, is to simply check for fraudulant voters.

      and guess what?

      The libtards oppose even that.

      Go figure.

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  • This just means more chances for fraud!

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  • Blocking voters from voting is a despicable act, any candidate unworthy. If that's how 'your' candidate is handling his business, you can fear the worst for yourself.

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    • @ATministraitor
      Blocking voters......How? You can get an id in about 45 minutes in any state DMV office. I mean come on.

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    • @tymatthews Voter ID is a fucking scam--If you dont have a drivers license or a state issued ID card-then you should NOT be allowed to vote, and SHOULD be checked over by INS to make sure you belong here.
      I cannot believe all us VETS are simply willing to sit by and watch this shit happen after laying all on the line for the USA--to see it destroyed like this is sickening

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  • Hey Who ever wins the election......we need ID's to vote period. I don't care who wins but bring an ID. You can't even cash a check without an Id. What's the big freaking deal?

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  • Hehehe...

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    • @ILovePickles I'm sure you are happy, now all your illegal buddies can vote.

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  • I think it's BS that technically ANYONE can vote. This is BS...but they waited too late to try to change the law. Never-the-less, the law does need to change and ID's do need to be used to vote.

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  • Doesn't anyone wonder how the Republicans can be "fighting voter-fraud" in one state while committing it in another state?! LMAO

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  • Obama just won Pennsylvania
    Yup!
    Its called corruption
    Communism
    nothing like buying your way into power
    if re-elected I am betting he will declare himself KING of the USSA

    Only thing bad so far, is I am unable to find any place other than the USA I would want to move to. Sucks.
    My country being destroyed from within like this
    soon it will be just funny colored people, and gays running loose, oh ya and they will all be high on pot, and then the Chinese will just walk right in and drag everyone More..

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