Those tracking the voter ID saga are now watching the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is currently down to six judges evenly divided by party. Gov. Tom Corbett isn’t worried their ruling will reflect party bias.
Democratic judges seated on the high court bench pummeled lawyers with questions during the recent hearing.Republicans were notably quieter — spare the occasional legal question and a line about how voter fraud has been around since the days of George Washington, and will still be here 200 years from now.
The ruling on Pennsylvania’s voter ID law could well come down to a three-to-three tie, which would uphold the decision of a lower court to let the law stand.
Opponents say that would expose the justices as politically motivated.
When asked if he thinks a split decision would show a court divided along partisan lines, Governor Corbett’s answer is swift.
“No. I think the justices can have differences of opinion and it comes from a philosophy of where they come from,” said Corbett.
Corbett adds judges should not let party affiliation dictate their judicial reasoning. But if they do, a three-three split would let the law backed by the governor’s administration go ahead this November.