Pennsylvania high court hears high-profile voter ID case
September 13th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
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Pennsylvania high court hears high-profile voter ID case

(CNN) - Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court on Thursday took up a controversial case over the state's new voting law, which requires voters to furnish a photo ID before casting their ballots.

Court spokesman Art Heinz said the case, which is an appeal from a lower court's August 15 decision which upheld the law, is not expected to be resolved by Thursday.

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  1. d

    Thiese voter laws are pathetic! you would think that Everyone would be afraid of these laws...who is to say who will be next to be surpressed! scary how the gop is against democracy...

    September 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, said the law, which he signed in March and was passed largely along party lines, "sets a simple and clear standard to protect the integrity of our elections."'

    Except when asked at a press conference, he couldn't explain it and didn't know or understand which IDs were considered acceptabel under the law. Not to mention that the PA Secretary of the Commonwealth, who is charged with enforcing this law, running the elections and certifying the votes, TESTIFIED in this very case that she didn't have the slightest clue which IDs were acceptable under the statute either and then went on to claim, without any proof to substantiate it and despite the studies that showed it to be completely and utterly false, that 90% of PA had an acceptable form of ID. These guys are chock full of BS.

    September 13, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Many states have also updated their voting machines to ensure that ballots are accurately counted."

    HAHAHAHA...riiiiiiight. Anyone want to place bets on which state will be first to report a strangely high percentage of GOP/Teatroll votes from a district that is vastly populated by minorities?

    September 13, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    i hope they protect the rights of the legal citizens in this country and the integrity of the elections.

    September 13, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "who is to say who will be next to be surpressed! "

    That's not how the pathology of these things works. Those who see advantage in stepping on others' rights in order to further their own agenda...be ti wealth or policy or religious beliefs, etc....seldom if ever consider that they are establishing the precedent that will justify their own turn being next.

    September 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "i hope they protect the rights of the legal citizens in this country and the integrity of the elections."

    GOOD NEWS! Over the past umpteen decades, there's been almost no evidence of actual in-person voter fraud or illegals and dead people voting en masse!!! Your can let go of your pathological denial delusions any time now.

    September 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Pete

    Hopefully this liberal leaning state will repeal this voter ID law and sometime in the future give that republican governor the boot as well.Neither is needed but as you know republicans can sell sunglasses to a blind man and ignorent republicans who as you know are in a political vacuum listen to these idiots because they have no minds for themselves.If this gets any worse voters are worried too where or when this will stop this extremism,its only political and its only initiated by republicans,funny ha!!

    September 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. just sayin

    you can always count on the democrats and liberals to protect the rights of the dead and illegal aliens to vote in our elections. why are they almost always on the side of the law breakers in legal fights?

    September 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "you can always count on the democrats and liberals to protect the rights of the dead and illegal aliens to vote in our elections. why are they almost always on the side of the law breakers in legal fights?"

    What don't you understand about there being ZERO evidence of dead people and illegals voting? No...seriously...what is so hard for you to comprehend about that FACT? In this PA case, PA even signed stipulations...a pleading that establishes agreed upon facts on which the case will be tried...that admitted they have ZERO evidence of in-person voter voter fraud occuring in PA (i.e., the only kind of voter fraud that IDs would stop) and PA even agreed that it would not even try to argue that it exists.

    This is freekin simple folks: there can be no "rational relation" to a "compelling public interest" when the alleged "compelling public interest" is non-existent. These laws...in PA and around the country...were solutions in search of a problem.

    September 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    These VoterID laws are a solution looking for a problem. Voter fraud is basically non-existent and a thinly veiled attempt by the right wing to suppress voters that traditionally Dem.
    Of course, the dumbed down right wing element asks why should one not be required to present an ID to vote?? Well, duh we have to present one for.... and offers proof of ID needed for drivers licenses to food stamps. As with most things requiring more than a dozen active brain cells, it's not the ID stoopid, it's access to getting one. Those who vote illegally are not ILLEGAL aliens.. and is mostly folks trying to vote outside their precinct.
    The VoterID laws SEVERELY restrict which ID's are valid. If you do not have one of those, they can be made available for free.. but you have to pay your own way to get to a location that provides them. In TEXAS – who's VoterID law was recently struck down by the Appellate courts in DC – there are over 86 counties that do not have centers that provide ID's. Requiring a citizen to pay to travel to a different county to get a free ID is akin to a poll tax. There should be no cost (as provided by election laws) to participate in the voting process. TX was also failed on requiring those who perform Voter Registrations to be registered in EACH of the 254 counties in which they wished to conduct these drives.
    This is pure nonsense, and shows how shallow and blatant the GOP has become.

    September 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    It's perfectly clear to most unbrain dead Americans that the gop is trying to rig the election but will have hell to pay after the fact and might not live to enjoy it !!!!!

    September 13, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    The representative who said that thanks to the PA voting suppression law (okay, he didn't say suppression but we know it for what it is) PA has handed a win to the bully bishop.
    An 87 year old woman, out of the blue, received a notice from the DMV that she needed to send her driver's license (which she hadn't used in years) back to the DMV. The ID suppression law comes out so she and her family spent over four hours trying to get her another ID so she can vote against the twit. Good for her because she doesn't want to lose her Medicare.
    It seems that there's more going on in PA than meets the eye. Why should her only photo ID card be taken away from her in 2012? I am sure it has nothing to do with voter suppression. Of course not. I also have a bridge in Nevada that crosses the Mississippi that I want to sell somebody.

    September 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    ROMNEY the FASCIST turning back to the country's worst past!
    OBAMA 2012 Forward with the rest of the free world!

    September 13, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. BLKMANinAmerica

    GOOD, and then move it on to the S.C. Sad to see the repuks in America still holding on to their FAILED George Orwell moves, YO it didn't work for you in the 1950's, 1960's or 1970's.................Why not give up repuks and stop your harrassement of American citizens?

    September 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. myviewis

    Can you imagine being asked to produce your photo ID?????? Oh wait, if I want to get my welfare check, food stamps, cash a check, visit a clinic, hospital, pickup prescriptions I do have to show my photo ID.

    September 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. just sayin

    democrats just want open borders for illegals to invade the country and open voting booths for illegals to vote and steal elections. 20-30 milllion illegals in this country and none are voting? yeah, right. are they doing everything else? yes. but not voting? yeah, right.

    September 13, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "What, pray tell, would be the point of continuing to hold jobs council meetings if all the GOP/Teatrolls are going to do is say "no...
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    Wow, Obama gave up on jobs, no wonder we're in so much trouble. Then giving Obama another 4 years won't make a difference."

    No, he gave up on pushing the job's council recommendations after the GOP/Teatrolls shot them down. He's proposed other things since then....all of which the GOP/Teatrolls simply refuse to consider as well.

    September 13, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. j-dogg

    I got an idea....why don't we have a voter suppresion for the republican voters, which states that if you have not seen a tyler perry movie then you may note vote. That way it will disenfranchise white voters. I bet you they would be in an uproar over that!!!

    September 13, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. myviewis

    Sniffit

    "What, pray tell, would be the point of continuing to hold jobs council meetings if all the GOP/Teatrolls are going to do is say "no...
    --––

    Wow, Obama gave up on jobs, no wonder we're in so much trouble. Then giving Obama another 4 years won't make a difference."

    No, he gave up on pushing the job's council recommendations after the GOP/Teatrolls shot them down. He's proposed other things since then....all of which the GOP/Teatrolls simply refuse to consider as well.
    -----------------------–

    Then giving Obama another 4 years won't make a difference.

    September 13, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. chris

    I've seen interviews where people said a vote was cast in there name but claimed to not vote. Or were paid to vote a certain way. How do you guys function in normal society without identification? Start a bank account get beer cigs drive a car? I'm offended you guys think legal minorities are too incompetent to have id. If you are white black brown or a combo and can't provide id to prove your legit your prob a uninformed irresponsible person and shouldn't vote. Imo

    September 13, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. myviewis

    j-dogg

    I got an idea....why don't we have a voter suppresion for the republican voters, which states that if you have not seen a tyler perry movie then you may note vote. That way it will disenfranchise white voters. I bet you they would be in an uproar over that!!!
    --------------------

    I have a better idea, we'll tell people that if they don't have a photo ID they won't be able to pickup their Food Stamps, Welfare check, prescriptions, visit a clinic or hospital, buy liquor, etc......

    September 13, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. myviewis

    chris

    I've seen interviews where people said a vote was cast in there name but claimed to not vote. Or were paid to vote a certain way. How do you guys function in normal society without identification? Start a bank account get beer cigs drive a car? I'm offended you guys think legal minorities are too incompetent to have id. If you are white black brown or a combo and can't provide id to prove your legit your prob a uninformed irresponsible person and shouldn't vote. Imo
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    Good point. How about producing your photo ID when you get a job.

    September 13, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Ancient Texan

    At the start of this year 19 states had voter ID laws and they had withstood Federal Scrutiny, the last approved by the Supreme Court in 2009. With the rapid growth in illegals across the Southern Border, the number of deceased that are still on the voter rolls, several more states have passed new laws. Holder seems to object to the States that are more apt to vote for the GOP in presidental elections, and there's not much liklihood that the Supreme Court will look at them before the election.

    September 13, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |