Poll: Voters React to Voter ID Decision
Will this decision stick? Both sides had said they would appeal this ruling.
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law, but that’s not the end of the story. Simpson said he wouldn’t grant an injunction to stop the law requiring all voters to show a photo ID before voting.
At the conclusion of the hearing, both sides said they would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court if they lost. In this case, the loser is American Civil Liberties Union legal director Vic Walczak. He said the case isn't over, "It’s why they make appeals courts.”
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Proponents of voter ID laws, including State Senator Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th District) who introduced the Pennsylvania bill, say the law is meant to prevent voter fraud.
From the start, this issue has split Republicans and Democrats, and if it goes to the State Supreme Court, it could get the same reception. The Court has only six members now: three Republicans and three Democrats. The seventh Justice, Joan Orie Melvin, was suspended earlier this year on corruption charges. She is a Republican.
Wes Oliver, associate professor of law with Duquesne University School of Law, told PA Independent that in the case of a stalemate, the lower court’s decision sticks.