Judge temporarily halts voter identification measure
October 2nd, 2012
10:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Judge temporarily halts voter identification measure

(CNN) - A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that state officials cannot enforce a new voter ID law in next month's presidential election.


Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania
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  1. Brian

    If you objectively let this issue swirl around in your head you should realize it is wrong to limit anyones right to vote. This ruling was the right thing because the right to vote is a fundamental value that has always made this country great.

    October 2, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Borderless

    ...because we would hate for Obama to win legitimately. I don't think I should be required to show an id when I make a purchase on a credit card or when I buy a decongestant or when I purchase alcohol or when I drive or when I purchase a home or enter a leasing contract or when I go to the Dr.'s office or the hospital, or when rent anything, or when I purchase tobacco, or when I get a new cell phone, or when I set up my utilities, or when I collect government benefits... Seriously, how do these voters with no form of id even live? You need an id for everything. Even an Obama Phone.

    October 2, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. d

    Thank you to all the judges in every state for standing up for democracy! much appreciated!

    October 2, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Peace

    Any one who is thinking, could understand that voter ID law was all about "monkey business". It sounds good and very reasonable to let people have ample time to work on ID, from now until the next election.

    October 2, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. ghostriter

    Common problem among republicans. They never think these things through. Passing an ID law in an election year without the means to implement it was stupid to begin with. They never looked past getting the law passed. They are the ones screaming that the government can't do anything right. So they thought they could get the ID's out with no problem. Except there were problems. The very fact that folks needed birth certificates to get the state ID's alone could constitute a poll tax. Let alone not being the quick fix they thought it would be.

    Another epic fail brought to you by republicans.

    October 2, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. sf

    I wonder what Thomas Jefferson's, Ben Franklin's, George Washingtons, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln's id's looked like back when? i wonder if they went ot the DMV and got their ids?

    im sure the next step for them is sending angry white racist republicans to the polls to anger people and encite violence..watch. They'll stop at nothing! It's the Karl Rove way~!

    October 2, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. ghostriter

    Denny, why do republicans require ID's to vote in the main election, but not in their primaries?

    Rick McDaniel, how bout we start with a case of fraud in PA. The supporters of the law couldn't find any.

    October 2, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    I'd like to see the results of the Teatrolls attempting to send a great white army of poll watchers into downtown Philly. I DARE THEM.
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    Sniffit, ditto! I double dare them. That will be so entertaining to see.

    October 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    America is not for everyone; just US.–Repub. Creed.

    October 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. W L Jones

    Look like Rep. revist Florida again only this time Penn. with re- registering as both Democratic and Republican using # 1an 2 . otherwise when one of these voter vote it automatic reister Republican. Bless.

    October 2, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Horray that the PA judge made the ruling for the people of PA that he works for. Still, I don't understand why CNN didn't make this a major headline "BREAKING NEWS" issue...they seem to say this with some of the stupidest issues.

    October 2, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Wise1Speak

    BASED ON THE FACTS, THE JUDGE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO POSTPONE PA's "NEW" VOTER-ID LAW

    With nearly a million Pennsylvanians forced to transition to the new voter IDs with just 5-weeks to go until election day, the judge asked the Republican/GOP-controlled state, whether the state had enough time & tools to process the million new request for voter IDs?

    The lawyers representing Pennsylvania's Tea Party controlled state legislature grudgingly acknowledge that the state could NOT process the new voter IDs needed by their citizens by Nov-6th. Therefore the judge postponed the new voter ID law until after next month's election.

    October 2, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    So, does this mean Mr. Mittens is going to have to finally give up on PA, or does he have more "tricks up his sleeve" to suppress the oppostion vote?

    October 2, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Wake up People!

    Thank God! There is no illegal voting and they know it, but there are widespread attempts in multiple states of voter suppression by firms hired by the GOP. This election will be nothing like 2000 or 2004.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 2, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Blinded by the republican lie

    Rick McDaniel

    Let the voter fraud proceed!

    October 2, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |

    I hate to break it to you buddy, the revelations in the last week is the repubs commiting voter fraud. You can't tell me you haven't heard, is your head so far up faux news' posterior that you can't find this out yourself?

    October 2, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. ghostriter

    Borderless, you miss the point. PA screwed this up. They couldn't get ID's out to folks. It doesn't matter why they don't have ID's. It has been proven that they don't. If republicans were so up in arms about this, why didn't they work out all the details? That's you guys' problem. You were told this was an issue (No recent reports in PA of voter fraud), you were presented with a solution you were told was fair (disenfranchises citizens) and you fought reasonable objections.

    And let's be honest, like many other laws, it didn't just demand that ID's be used. ID's are required in most states. What these laws did was change the requirements. In PA, they required photo ID's with addresses. That is why they thought state ID's would be a great fix. Till they realized that it was harder than they though. In Texas, they allowed hunting licenses, but not college ID's. If these aren't blatant attempts to suppress the vote, I don't know what is.

    October 2, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Me IN HOUSTON

    well...Mitt Romney can kiss Pennsylvania goodbye!
    It looks like the Republican's blatant attempt at voter suppression is failing miserably
    Obama will win re-election
    Democrats will take The House back
    And Democrats will gain seats in the Senate.
    HATERS KICK ROCKS!

    obama 2012

    October 2, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. This isnt Rocket Science!

    ghostriter "Passing an ID law in an election year without the means to implement it was stupid to begin with."

    Right. Checking IDs against a list has never been done before. People could not possibly know how to do this. Just because people check IDs for everything else, doesn't mean that this would be the same. Seriously, this is a ultra complicated task that would require months of training

    October 2, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. rob

    @HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD and Sniffit

    I guess the guys from the New Black Panther Party with bats would give them a beat down and that would make you happy. You two must set up conference calls on your Obama Phones withn the Moveon people to come up with this fantasy.

    October 2, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "I wonder what Thomas Jefferson's, Ben Franklin's, George Washingtons, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln's id's looked like back when? i wonder if they went ot the DMV and got their ids?"

    You do realize that the GOPers/Teatrolls will just read what you said and think "well duh, they didn't need IDs back then because minorities weren't allowed to vote!"...don't you?

    October 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Woman In California

    Another evil ploy shot down by republicans.

    Pennsylvania goes blue (again).

    October 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. onlyfacts

    The corruption is in the area of voter registration, not voters showing up to vote illigally. Also, absentee voting has problems, again, not voters showing up at voting locations. Republican's have their own idiots fooled into believing there is an issue with voters at the booth. They know who doesn't have the i.d.'s that they are requesting to be accepted. Voting is a right in this country. One that sets us apart from other "dangerous" countries. And these conservative idiots are afraid of Obama.? Blind and stupid is the only way to describe these idiots!

    October 2, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "You were told [that not being able to get the IDs to people] was an issue ...and you fought reasonable objections. "

    That's because manufacturing that problem WAS THE WHOLE POINT.

    October 2, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "I guess the guys from the New Black Panther Party with bats would give them a beat down and that would make you happy. You two must set up conference calls on your Obama Phones withn the Moveon people to come up with this fantasy."

    Ha! The Obamaphone! I like it...sorta like the batphone, but black? Anyway, while mass beatings of racists would likely give me the giggles, I don't wish that on anyone really. It would just end up happening because the Teatrolls wouldn't be able to help themselves. In any event, it's not really going to happen anyway, because he Teatrolls are all really cowards despite their big talk, so they won't send an army of poll watchers into Philly to demand IDs from everyone who they think, just based on how they look, has no right to be voting.

    BTW, it was one dude with a billy club. He got punished. The other guy was a legitimately registered poll watcher. I'm sorry that black people intimidate you so much...ever heard of projection? Altho, funny enough, not a single witness could be found who claimed to have actually been intimidated by either of those clowns.

    October 2, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    If Republicans truly favor the elimination of RED TAPE and the LOWEST COST for enterprises, why would they work to add "solutions" to a problem that DOES NOT EXIST? It`s a waste of time & money much like how the US Congress has behaved. Fire them and don`t hire Romney.

    October 2, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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