State House Sound Bites
Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
A trial on the merits of the state's voter ID law has been scheduled for July 15.
But before that, a state judge will have to decide whether or not to extend a temporary block of the law to this year's May 21 primary. That decision is due in late March.
Here's a full release from the Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, one of the groups opposing the state's voter ID law:
HARRISBURG, PA - Today Judge Robert Simpson issued an order scheduling the voter ID trial for July 15, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg. The trial is expected to last about a week. Plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction to stop implementation of the state’s voter ID law.
Plaintiffs will be filing a motion asking the court to extend its preliminary injunction, which prevented the law from being implemented for in-person voting this past November, until the legal case has been concluded. The motion is due by Feb. 8, 2013, with a response due by Feb. 13, 2013. In his order, Judge Simpson set a date of March 21 for a final decision on the extension of the preliminary injunction.
Plaintiffs in the voter ID case are represented by the Public Interest Center of Philadelphia, Advancement Project, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Washington, DC law firm of Arnold & Porter.