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Read The State Supreme Court's Voter ID Ruling

Written by Scott Detrow | Sep 18, 2012 12:39 PM


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court has vacated a ruling upholding Pennsylvania's new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. But the law is still in effect.

That's because the panel has ordered Commonwealth Court to take a second look at the legislation and the way it's being enforced, specifically the availibility of identification cards for voters who need them.

The 4-2 ruling - the court currently has just six active members, due to the criminal charges Republican Joan Orie Melvin faces -  is skeptical of the way Pennsylvania's Department of State and Department of Transportation have implemented the new requirements. "The Department of State has realized, and the Commonwealth parties have candidly conceded, that the Law is not being implemented according to its terms," it reads, noting that, "if the Law is enforced in a manner that prevents qualified and eligible electors from voting, the integrity of the upcoming General Election will be impaired."

The law, passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly and signed by Republican Governor Tom Corbett, has become a national political issue, particularly after House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said it would "allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania."

The Supreme Court is ordering the lower bench to review the commonwealth's procedures for handing out new cards before the November election. If the process doesn't square with what the legislation dictates, or if it could result in disenfranchisement, then, the Supreme Court ruling states, "that court is obliged to enter a preliminary injunction." 

Check witf.org throughout the afternoon for more details on the decision and its implications, and read the full ruling below:

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