Judge blocks Pennsylvania voter ID law for November election
93-year-old Viviette Applewhite holds up the temporary photo ID she was able to obtain in Philadelphia.
October 2nd, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Judge blocks Pennsylvania voter ID law for November election

Philadelphia (CNN) - A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that state officials cannot enforce a new voter identification law in next month's presidential election.

The ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is expected to be appealed, but amounted to good news for Democrats who contend the voter ID law is motivated by Republican efforts to suppress the traditionally Democratic minority vote.

"It's a huge victory in that the photo ID requirement for the November election has been blocked and people without ID will be able to vote on regular ballots," said Witold "Vic" Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union in Pennsylvania.

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Supporters argue that the law signed in March by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett will prevent voter fraud and is upheld by the Constitution.

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  2. Ordinary Average American

    If you want honesty in the system, then you must have voter ID laws.
    If you don't care about honesty in elections, then you will vote against voter ID laws.

    Everyone has a photo ID or has had one at one time. Anyone who does anything has to have a photo ID.
    How do these people buy cigarettes without an ID?
    How do these people go into a bar or buy alcohol without an ID?
    How do they apply for loans or sign for loans without an ID?
    How do they get a library card or rent cars or movies or anything...without an ID.
    Getting a state-issued photo ID is easy as getting out of bed.
    There are no excuses.
    Our country is at stake. Our freedom is at stake.
    Without photo ID, you will have thousands of people voting 10 times each, using different names, going to many polling places, voting for dead people, etc. They can even steal someone else's vote, which was proven in the video done by Veritas, in which a white guy walked up to vote for (Black guy) Attorney General Eric Holder. The polling clerk tried to hand the white guy Eric Holder's ballot. YOU KNOW -ERIC HOLDER of Fast & Furious? Yea, THAT Eric Holder.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. notraitors

    If someone has a problem getting ID, maybe that means they shouldn't vote

    October 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      People have a problem with it because it stops over 8% of eligible people from voting, despite the fact that voter fraud happens .00000028% of the time. That it a major problem

      October 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ordinary Average American

        Where does that 8% number come from?
        I don't believe it.
        You're saying that 8% of all eligible voters never use credit cards, never drive, never take loans, never get fishing or hunting licenses, never buy cigarettes, never go into bars or buy alcohol, etc.
        Picture in your mind for a person what kind of person this might be and ask yourself if you think 8% of the adult population is in this situation. This type of person would be comatose or or mentally incompetent to stand trial or to vote.
        It's not 8%. Maybe it's 1/2% and they can easily get a state-photo-ID.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nefzi

      We have had 2 public metniegs so far one at Mesa Middle School for the Rural customers and one at Trilogy for the Woodlands and Blacklake communities. Over 200 people have turned out and listened to our concerns. We are still planning to have public metniegs for the downtown Nipomo area and for the area served by Golden State Water Company. When we have a firm commitment for a place and time, we will publish notices in the Adobe Press and other media, as well as distributing flyers in the target communities.Since the MCA is all volunteer with no funding, it takes time to organize and publicize these metniegs. Any suggestions for future metniegs are welcome.

      October 15, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |