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.