The controversy over voter ID laws is continuing. Today, a judge is still deciding whether Pennsylvania’s new law should be blocked. While the law was last upheld in August, some are saying that the law could still be unfair to residents without identification.
Since the law has been upheld, mandated IDs have been made available to residents. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court told Judge Robert Simpson to decide if the people were provided with access to adequate identification by Oct. 2. PennDot’s Kurt Myers has been issuing new voter IDs to the citizens that have requested them.
Pennsylvania isn’t the only state that’s been having trouble with this issue. National attention has been drawn to Texas and South Carolina as well. However, as Pennsylvania is a key swing state in this election, critics say that voter ID law was written to keep minority voters out of the booths.
Under the voter ID law, voters must show a state issued driver’s license, government employee ID or a state non-driver ID card. Myers, who has been issuing the voter IDs, said that there will not be a last minute push to make sure that everyone has one. While some citizens may be without identification, Myers’ data does not support that there are thousands without a voter ID.
Now Judge Simpson will be hearing more testimony until Oct. 2. After Thursday, he said he will be ready to rule. With opposition to the legislation, it may be a difficult task. However, with the support of several different testimonies, Simpson will be making an informed decision that will undoubtedly affect how we view elections.
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