The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that the legality of the state's notorious voter ID law must be determined by a lower court— the same court that ruled in August not to block the law from being implemented. The hearings began on September 13, during which the ruling judge directly challenged the constitutionality of the law and its effects. The Court ruled in a 4-2 decision that Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson must revist the case and determine whether or not the law, which is supposed to provide all qualified voters with easy access to the required ID, is actually doing so.
Ever since Judge Simpson's controversial ruling that the strict PA voter ID law was constitutional, it has become national news that Pennsylvania residents have not had an easy time obtaining ID and instead face unrealistic, painfully bureacratic, and disroganized proccesses. The Supreme Court's ruling is official recognition of the law's functional failings and returns a level of hope to the possibility that the strict law could be blocked before November. For now, eyes will remain turned to the Commonwealth Court which is expected to rule before October 2nd.
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