Pennsylvania Supreme Court Fails to Uphold Voter ID Law, Punts to Lower...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Fails to Uphold Voter ID Law, Punts to Lower Court


In a much anticipated ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-2 to allow a lower court to rule on a new voter ID law.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision is not a clear ruling against Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law — but they avoided a ruling that would have allowed Pennsylvania’s voter ID law to stand.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, “returned the matter to the Commonwealth Court to make a present assessment of the actual availability of the alternate identification cards on a developed record in light of the experience since the time the cards became available.”

Philly Inquirer: The Supreme Court has ordered that the state’s controversial new voter ID law be returned to a lower court for a speedy hearing on how the state is implementing it to ensure all voters have access to appropriate state-issued photo identification.

Associated Press: Pennsylvania’s highest court is ordering a lower court to determine whether voters are getting easy access to photo ID cards under a new law requiring photo identification at the polls. The state Supreme Court said Tuesday that if the lower Commonwealth Court is satisfied that there will be no voter disenfranchisement then the law can stand. Otherwise, the high court says it should be halted.

Slate: The decision is kicked back down to the Commonwealth Court, ordered to make a decision by October 2. The Supremes leave open the option of an injunction that would stop the law through this election.