Voter ID case could go to trial in summer -- after the May primary election [PA]

12/13/2012

A summer trial on a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's voter identification law appears likely, but it is less clear whether the central provision requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls will be enforced in the May primary election.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson discussed scheduling issues with lawyers at an hourlong meeting Thursday and said he would issue an order within two weeks.

In October, Simpson blocked the photo ID requirement for the Nov. 6 election. He said he was not convinced that, based on guidelines from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the state had made it possible for voters to easily obtain acceptable IDs. Under the ruling, poll workers last month were allowed to ask voters to show a photo ID, but not require it as a condition for voting.