(Update) Voter ID on trial in Pennsylvania

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

We have an injunction issued by the court today, Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Barred From Enforcement In November Election By Judge:

A state judge on Friday barred enforcement of Pennsylvania's strict voter-identification law in the Nov. 5 general election.

The state also cannot require local elections officials to verbally
tell voters at the polls that photo IDs could be required in future
elections, but officials can distribute written material about the law,
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said.

McGinley's ruling marked the third consecutive election in which enforcement of the law has been blocked by court order.

The constitutionality of the law is being challenged and was the
subject of a 12-day trial before McGinley that ended earlier this month.

The voter ID law would be one of the strictest in the nation, but it has never been implemented.

The court has not yet ruled on the constitutionality of the law after trial, but continuing the injunction is a strong indicator how the court is leaning.

UPDATE: You can read the judge’s order here

UPDATE: Post-trial briefs on the issue of a permanent injunction of the voter ID
law are due August 30, 2013. Judge McGinley is expected to rule on that
request later this year, though there is no specific deadline in place.

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