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Voter ID Case Goes to Pa. Supreme Court Today

The Pa. Supreme Court will hear from opponents of the state's new Voter ID law on Thursday.

Opponents of Pennsylvania's new voter ID will make their case Thursday before the state Supreme Court.

There's no time frame for a ruling from the court - but the Nov. 6 General Election is fast approaching. 

The Supreme Court is composed of three Republican and three Democratic justices (a seventh judge was suspended while she faces criminal charges). A 3-3 tie would affirm the decision of the lower court, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

Commonwealth Court in August.

Supporters say the law will prevent voter fraud and imposes the same photo ID standard required in many common circumstances.

Challengers say the law is designed to disenfranchise poor and elderly voters who often support Democratic candidates. They cite as evidence state Rep. Mike Turzai's declaration that the law will allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania.

A key question in the Supreme Court case will be how strictly courts should scrutinize voting rules, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.

Voters can now at PennDOT driver's license centers so they can comply with the law. As of Friday, PennDOT had issued only 7,226 IDs for voting purposes. 

A few weeks ago, a federal three-judge panel ruled that a similar voter-ID law in Texas discriminates against poor and minority voters. In a "friend of the court" brief filed against the Pennsylvania law, a group of law professors argued that federal courts have struck down less stringent laws in three other states, Missouri, Georgia and Wisconsin, according to this editorial.

Morgan King September 18, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Bill - is the scandal here supposed to be that 1 of 50 major donors was nominated (and ultimately withdrew) for an ambassadorship? The last President did that by the hundreds: http://scholarsandrogues.wordpress.com/2007/06/25/bushs-patronage-appointments-to-ambassador-exceed-fathers-clintons/ Or that 4 out of the top 50 donors went on to serve on (largely unpaid) citizens advisory boards or council appointments? Bush, again, did it by the hundreds: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/09/AR2009020902519.html Or is it that business owners who stood to benefit from the policies Obama campaigned on (funding hybrids and public transportation infrastructure) raised money for that campaign, and then benefited when those policies were ultimately enacted? That's hardly a newsworthy revelation.
David Curran September 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Hey Mitt, prove that you are among the 53% of Americans who are not lazy and do not have an entitlement mentality- show us your taxes! This guy is a spoiled rich kid who is not worthy to be our President, but that's what he wants. And when little Mitt wants something, he gets it. Doesn't matter how many people he hurts or insults along the way. What a jerk
Mike Shortall Sr September 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Spoiled rich kid is hysterical, as if The President worked his butt off to get where he is. Exactly how much "work" is involved in being a "community organizer" or a State Senator for that matter. 143 days physically present in the U.S. Senate to get elected President! Obama is a cult of personality with absolutely no accomplishments - other than convincing people to vote for him - to his credit before becoming President! If you want to look at tax returns, look at the Obamas and how LITTLE they gave to others before they started to play hard ball in politics. Talk about your elitists, holding onto whatever they can! The Romneys have given MILLIONS in just the past two years! There is nothing in the Romneys' tax returns aside from success in business and Economic Leadership! Something sorely lacking from President Obama ...
Morgan King September 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Yes, MILLIONS of tax-deductible charity donations, ~80% of which went right back to his own church (in 2009 and 2010, the two years we have tax records for). The second largest beneficiary of his charitable donations? The George W. Bush Library & Museum. http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romneys-charitable-donations-mormon-church-2012-7 http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romney-charitable-donations-2012-7
George September 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Well, there you have it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/pennsylvania-voter-id-law_n_1894069.html. We can talk more about this later.

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