Bad News From PA

Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, aimed, according to House GOP Leader Mike Turzai, at making it possible for Mitt Romney to win the state, has overcome its first legal hurdle, as Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson declined to granted an injunction blocking implementation of the law before November.

As Dave Weigel explains, securing relief from the law through the appeals process is at best iffy:

The ACLU will eventually take its case to the state Supreme Court, which (due to a scandal surrounding one member) is split 3-3, Democratic and Republican members. If the court splits on this law, the Simpson decision is reaffirmed.

So even if the law is ultimately struck down, it would still be in place for this election cycle. Pennsylvania’s Republicans have certainly fought hard for the designation of being America’s preeminent warriors against the right to vote.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.