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September 18th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

More court review for Pennsylvania voter ID law

By David Ariosto, CNN

(CNN)- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent a controversial voter ID law back to a lower court on Tuesday to assess the availability of alternative forms of identification and whether the new law disenfranchises voters.

The high court said the state's Commonwealth Court has until October 2 to file its response, according to court documents.

The lower court, in August, upheld the law requiring that most voters show photo identification before casting ballots.

"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 high court said Tuesday.

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  1. charles

    With the United States sending it's troops all over the world to fight for democracy it seems treasonist for the GOP to enact laws that prevent the citizens of the USA from voting. It seems the GOP has a Comunist one party agenda in mind for the United States. Maybe these actions by these un- American Republicans should be brought before the United Nations. God Bless our troops.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. tt

    In 2008 there were at least 20 people that came in the poling place sorting through anywhere between 2-5 voters’ registration cards for different addresses that were current. As far as I am concerned these people voted 2-5 times that day! I know that voting practice is wide spread! I call that cheating….. Therefore, I support the voter identification bill!

    September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CuriousL

    Why weren't this law enacted when George Bush was running for president?

    September 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mitzy

    “The average time it takes to complete the ID process is 4 hours. If we conservately estimate that 300,000 voters still need to complete the process, that is 1,200,000 manhours. There are only 400 working hours left before the election. Ergo, to accommodate the needs of the voters, Pennsylvania will need to dedicate 3,000 workers to complete the process. If Pennsylvania can't guarantee this, the lower court must strike down the statute.”

    September 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |