Challengers of PA voter photo ID law file appeal

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 17, 2012 10:34 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Challengers to Pennsylvania's new law requiring voters to show photo identification are appealing a judge's decision to let it take effect in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

The lawyers for the people and rights groups suing filed the appeal yesterday afternoon. The paperwork was filed in the lower Commonwealth Court. The Supreme Court says it hasn't received it.

But the lawyers are asking the high court for a speedy review, including oral arguments to be scheduled during the court's session in Philadelphia the week of Sept. 10.

The law is the subject of a furious debate over voting rights.

Republican Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson rejected claims the law is unconstitutional and ruled the challenge didn't meet the stiff requirements to win an injunction.

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