A judge has blocked Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law from going into effect on Election Day.
Under this ruling, the law can go into full effect next year, but will not impact this year’s election.
This is a major victory for Democrats and voting rights activists, who have been arguing for months that this law (and similar laws throughout the country) is a thinly-veiled attack on minorities, students, the elderly, and the poor.
“His ruling came after listening to two days of testimony about the state’s eleventh-hour efforts to make it easier to get a valid photo ID. He also heard about long lines and ill-informed clerks at driver’s license centers and identification requirements that made it hard for some registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID.
The 6-month-old law – now among the nation’s toughest – has sparked a divisive debate over voting rights and become a high-profile political issue in the contest between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, for Pennsylvania’s prized 20 electoral votes.”
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