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Pennsylvania Judge Halts Voter ID Law

A Pennsylvania judge has halted enforcement of the state’s new voter identification law in time for the upcoming November 6th election. At issue was whether the controversial law, which requires all voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, would lead to “voter disenfranchisement,” as argued by opponents. Judge Robert Simpson, who upheld the law in August, and was later instructed by the state’s Supreme Court to hold further hearings, was not convinced that the law was merely a method to ensure proper voter identification, yet indicated that the law was a method to significantly reduce elderly and minority voter turnout during election time. As of now, voters in Pennsylvania may be asked to produce the newly required photo ID’s, but if they do not have them they may still vote.