With voter ID law upheld, what’s the most important thing to do next?

    The voter ID law has been upheld in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Opponents have vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. What do you think is the most important thing to do now?

    The voter ID law has been upheld in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Judge Robert Simpson announced Wednesday morning that he will not grant an injunction filed by opponents of the law to stop it from going into effect.

    Opponents have vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

    Meanwhile, Pennsylvania residents hoping to vote on Nov. 6 will definitely need a valid ID, whether they support or oppose the law — or even know about it. And with each passing day, time is running out.

    So what should happen next?Tell us in the comments below.

    Democrats have long accused Republicans of using the law to disenfranchise groups of voters who statistically tend to vote Democratic. They can continue to focus their efforts on a public show of finger pointing, or they can strengthen efforts to ensure the voters they are worried about have IDs by Nov. 6.

    If Republicans have concerns that any of their constituents would be unable to vote because of the law, they could join such efforts. Or they can continue to publicly chide Democrats for opposing voter ID. 

    Others may prefer to do nothing and let voters take care of themselves.

    What do you think is the most important thing to do now that the law has been upheld?

     

    Judge Simpson’s 70-page decision is embedded below.

     

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    Pennsylvania decision voter ID August 2012 081512 (PDF)

    Pennsylvania decision voter ID August 2012 081512 (Text)

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