Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expressed concerns about the implementation of Pennsylvania's voter ID law:
Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday told a lower court that it should stop a tough new voter photo identification law from taking effect in this year's presidential election if the judge concludes voters cannot easily get ID cards or thinks they will be disenfranchised.
The 4-2 decision by the state Supreme Court sends the case back to the lower Commonwealth Court, where a judge initially ruled in August that the divisive law could go forward. The high court asked for an opinion by Oct. 2 -- just 35 days before the election.
If the judge finds there will be no voter disenfranchisement and that IDs are easily obtained, then the 6-month-old law can stand, the Supreme Court said.
But it is important to note that the judges on a bipartisan basis (three Republicans and one Democrat), supporters of the decision. and rational opponents of voter ID admit:
All sides seem to concede that the legislature has the authority to impose this requirement for voting.
That is very important. Voter ID is not "Jim Crow" or the other inflammatory terms the left is using. Voter ID is legal and legitimate. The only issue is concerning the implementation of the law, which opponents contend is going to be difficult. As far as the difficulty of obtaining ID. Keep in mind what RNLA Policy Director Maya Noronha wrote yesterday on the decision:
Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a baffling request for more information from a lower court, questioning whether voter identification cards would be available for voters. The voter ID case should have been a slam dunk, but they are delaying. Apparently, they are too scared to uphold the law without being giving an Applewhite, and many Applewhites a day.
Applewhite is Viviette Applewhite, the named plaintiff of the lawsuit who claimed that she could not get an ID… until, of course, she got it. Applewhite obtained her photo ID the day after the Commonwealth Court upheld the law. Her voter ID card demonstrates that the law is not actually burdensome, because if the ACLU were right, Applewhite would still be struggling to get identification. Voter ID opponents and civic organizations have also been active in Pennsylvania to help Pennsylvanians get IDs.
And that's just it; the best example opponents of the voter ID law could find of someone who would be disenfranchised, now has an ID, well in advance of the election. It seems like the Pennsylvania GOP is more in touch with reality then the liberal extremists using inflammatory rhetoric. They get the last word on this for now:
The state GOP chairman, Rob Gleason, predicted the law would ultimately be upheld, and pointed to a poll showing wide support for it.
"Even The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, just last Sunday, that two-thirds of likely Pennsylvania voters support the state's new law requiring official photo ID to vote. What's more, 94 percent of those polled said it would not be difficult for them to obtain the necessary ID," his statement said. "Clearly, this legislation is in line - and in touch - with the view of Pennsylvanians, despite the hysteria created by some in the media."