In one of the more high-profile cases of voter suppression ahead of the November presidential elections, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge has issued an injunction that blocks the state’s strict Voter ID law and effectively clears the way for voters to cast regular ballots without government-issued identification cards, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Regarding the decision, Judge Robert E. Simpson wrote:
I cannot conclude the proposed changes cure the deficiency in liberal access [to ID's] identified by the Supreme Court. I reject the underlying assertion that the offending activity is the request to produce photo ID; instead, I conclude that the salient offending conduct is voter disenfranchisement.
Watch Pennsylvania voters discuss the ruling here:
Naturally, the law’s Republican sponsor state Representative Daryl Metcalfe angrily responded with, “Justice Simpson’s final decision is out of bounds with the rule of law, constitutional checks and balances for the individual branches of state government, and most importantly, the will of the people. Metcalfe called voters who didn’t have government-issue ID cards “lazy,” regardless of the reasons why individuals weren’t able to obtain them.
The Advancement Project has been one of the leading active voices against the oppressive voter ID laws nationwide and weighed in on today’s ruling as well: