PENNSYLVANIA VOTER ID LAW SET ASIDE?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has set aside the decision of a lower court that had previously upheld Pennsylvania’s new voter identification law.
If the PA Supreme Court had upheld the law, the new photo ID law might have excluded as many as 759,000 eligible voters who don’t already have ID’s (9 percent of Pennsylvania’s electorate) from voting in the Nov. 6 presidential election.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has asked the judge of the lower court to revisit his decision and assess whether all citizens will be able to obtain allowable forms of ID. Until the lower court rules on the matter again, it is unclear whether or not the new law will be enforced in the November election.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE
While a lower court will have to re-examine the issue, this decision means it is likely that thousands of Americans (including thousands of Millennials, but also the elderly and poor minorities) will not be disenfranchised of their right to vote simply because they weren’t able to obtain state-issued identification prior to the election.
OUR TIME OPINION
This is a victory not for the left or the right, but for American citizens (including thousands of Millennials) who want to exercise their right to vote but who haven’t yet obtained state issued identification!