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Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Law Back to Lower Court for Further Review

The state Supreme Court is pushing the Voter ID law back to Commonwealth Court for further review.

The state Supreme Court is pushing Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law back to Commonwealth Court for further review, multiple news organizations are reporting.

A week after hearing oral arguments, the justices voted 4-2 to have the lower court once again review the measures included in the law.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Aug. 15 released his decision that parties challenging the Voter ID law were not able to prove it will cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the electorate.

However, the justices want the court to reconsider whether there are enough alternative forms of identification allowed by the law so as not to disenfranchise voters, according to PennLive.com.

The order from the Supreme Court justices insinuates that the state has not had enough time to effectively implement the law. It also states that initial intentions by the state for Voter ID to be easily obtained has not come to fruition because of strict standards for government-sanctioned identification.

They also said that the Commonwealth Court should decide whether an alternative Photo ID used only for voting would satisfy the requirements of the law and be implemented in time.

"Overall, we are confronted with an ambitious effort on the part of the General Assembly to bring the new identification procedure into effect within a relatively short time frame and an implementation process which has by no means been seamless in light of the serious operational constraints faced by the executive branch," the majority justices wrote in their opinion.

The justices released a 7-page announcement Tuesday afternoon. The document can be found by clicking this link.

NE12Ukid September 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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Roger September 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I stopped giving any credibility to Snopes after I learned it was basically two people sitting at their kitchen table in their home writing the materials. They have no accountability to anybody, but have gained a reputation. Shopes seems to be another case that it garnered enough reputation to be considered useful, whether or not that be the case. Isn't technology in the news wonderful?
Roger September 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
So, tell us Erin, if I check my Twitter account and find I was not "bombed," should be be offended? Should I start doing a search as to why I was left out? Or, if in the check I find the "bomb," should I be honored? If this be the case, should I start doing a search to find why I was in the list of addressees? It is amusing how some get enamored with this silly stuff. This "bomb" is another case of quantity over substance, that is, somebody thinking they can capture their target with 140 characters. Is this the mentality of those charged with teaching in our public schools? Or, in any school system?
NE12Ukid September 29, 2012 at 04:51 AM
AS Mis Cusic Micco said: Anyone can post anything on the Internet and people can send around emails stating anything - truth or fiction. The reader needs to look at the source and decide which ones are credible ... or not. I am more impressed with websites that cite their sources.
NE12Ukid September 29, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Act of Kindness: Since the messages of the past few days have seriously debunked poor cc's claims, in a gesture of kindness, I share that cc is not the only one to be suckered by those email hoaxes. Most of you are familiar with The Onion, but may not have seen this collection of 'being fooled by the Onion"....maybe cc is in interesting, if not impressive, company? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/onion-ahmadinejad-article-fools-iran-news-agency-fars_n_1923126.html#slide=1536593

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