Pennsylvania’s voter ID brouhaha took another turn Tuesday morning when Judge Robert Simpson announced that the 6-month-old law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls would be postponed.
The decision doesn’t question the merits of the voter ID law but rather its implementation. Simpson said the state had not assured him that all voters who need IDs will be able to get one by November. As such, rollout of the law will continue, and pollworkers may still ask for ID on Election Day, but registered voters without an ID can still cast a ballot.
Democrats and liberal and civil rights groups roundly praised the decision as a victory, but some who opposed the law are not completely satisfied, citing concerns that voters will be confused about whether they need an ID or not.
Republicans expressed disappointment. Pa. State Rep. Mike Turzai (R-28th District), notable for suggesting last tummer that the voter ID law would hand the state to Romney on Nov. 6, used the opportunity to underscore that the law has been upheld and will continue to deter voter fraud.
“Voter Identification is about ensuring the integrity of our elections and preserving the principle of the ‘One person, One vote’ doctrine,” he said in a public statement.
Most activity on Twitter suggested relief and excitement over the ruling, despite the fact that polls show overwhelming support for voter ID in the state. Some tweets have been selected below.
Some tweeters who support the law suggested that Simpson’s decision is nothing more than judicial activism and that halting the voter ID law will allow Democrats to steal the election with large-scale voter fraud.
Tell us where you stand. Should the decision be appealed to the state supreme court? Are you happy the law stands to be fully implemented after the election, or do you oppose it completely? Do you think the decision will further confuse voters?