A Major Win for Voting Rights Advocates

Earlier today, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson halted the Pennsylvania voter ID law from kicking into effect for the November election. This is a major win for voting rights advocates that have argued the voter ID law would disenfranchise voters that typically vote Democratic, including minorities and the elderly. Some reports estimated that if the PA law was not struck down, up to 750,000 voters could be disenfranchised.

Poll workers can still ask a voter to show an ID, but if a voter does not have an ID, she or he can’t be turned away from the polls. According to an article in The Washington Post, the judge’s decision can be appealed to the state Supreme Court, but it’s not likely that it will change. The Supreme Court already looked at the case and bounced it back to the lower court to make a final decision.

The PA voter ID law drew a lot of attention after state Rep. Mike Turzai said the ID law would help Romney win PA.

The judge’s ruling today proves that sometimes our system of checks and balances does work. It is clear from the video above that the voter ID law was nothing more than a partisan attempt to help Republicans in the fall election. I hope that the law is completely after Nov. 6.



About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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