Be ready to show ID at the polls in November.
A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats said will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he wouldn’t grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID.
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Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms.
Gov. Tom Corbett responded to the court ruling: ““Now that the court has upheld the constitutionality of the law, we can continue to focus our attention on ensuring that every Pennsylvania citizen who wants to vote has the identification necessary to make sure their vote counts.’’
— 4 More Years (@KQK2) August 15, 2012
Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, whose department oversees elections in Pennsylvania, also issued a statement: “I am pleased Judge Simpson affirmed the constitutionality of the voter ID law. This law will reinforce the principle of one person, one vote. By giving us a reliable way to verify the identity of each voter, the voter ID law will enhance confidence in our elections.
BREAKING: judge in PA reportedly refuses to block state's voter ID law – will NOT grant injunction
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) August 15, 2012
“We will continue our outreach efforts to make sure all legal Pennsylvania voters know about the law, and know how to get a free ID to vote if needed.”
By Marc Levy, Associated Press / August 15, 2012