Lawyers on both sides of the Voter ID agreed that the case should continue and that the PA Commonwealth and Supreme Courts must rule on the Constitutionality of Act 18. The only area of disagreement was how soon the case should be heard, and is another preliminary injunction hearing necessary.
Judge Simpson and the Plaintiffs’ lawyers want to wait until summer so more information can be gathered, and the Judge will have adequate time to spend the 60 days he believes are required for him to rule, plus give adequate time for his ruling to be appealed to the PA Supreme Court.
Judge Simpson hopes both sides will agree to not requiring a photo ID with expiration date until the constitutionality of Act 18 is settled. This would keep the courts from having to be involved in another round of preliminary injunction hearings.
The state argued that there is no new information, and the case should be heard in late February or early March, and that there is plenty of time to resolve this before the May 21st election.
Judge Simpson will be making his decision on when the case will be heard shortly.
The League and all of the plaintiffs involved in the Preliminary Injunction will continue to be part of the case. We urge you to report to the LWVPA office any experiences you had related to Voter ID that might be of help in ruling on the Constitutionality of Act 18. The issue remains: Can everyone entitled to vote be able to get a photo ID with an expiration date?
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