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PA voter ID efforts prove inadequate; appeal to the State Supreme Court will be argued this week


On August 15, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson, a Republican, rejected a request by the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union (PA-ACLU) for an injunction to stop the implementation of the law.

An appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by the PA-ACLU, a group called the Advancement Project and the Washington, DC law firm of Arnold & Porter is scheduled to be argued on September 13. The fate of the voter ID law will be decided by six justices on the State Supreme Court, three of whom are Democrats and three are Republicans; the seventh justice is suspended from office while facing conspiracy charges. If the opinions of the six justices are evenly divided, the lower court ruling will stand.

Attempts to reach PennDOT who controls the motor vehicles centers’ schedules were not successful.


A valid photo voter ID is:
A photo ID issued by the U.S. government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
A PA driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID, which are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date
A valid U.S. passport
A U. S. military ID, active duty and retired military ID, which must include an expiration date or designate that the validity is indefinite, same for military dependents’ ID
An employee photo ID issued by federal, state, PA county or municipal government
A photo ID from an accredited PA public or private college, university or seminary
A photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes