Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A state judge ruled today that a trial to determine the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's voter identification law will be held this summer.
In a scheduling order handed down today, Commonwealth judge Robert Simpson set the following timetable for the case: the trial will start at 10 a.m., July 15, at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg and expected to last a week. The plaintiffs in the case against the state want to fully stop the law. The ACLU of Pennsylvania, one of the plaintiffs, has said they will ask the court to extend a preliminary injunction, which barred the law from being used in last November's General Election.
In today's order, Simpson stated that any motion for another preliminary injunction is due by Feb. 8, and that he will rule on it by March 21.
As we noted in this week's edition, the last preliminary injunction only applied to the General Election. Currently, the law is on the books and active meaning that without further intervention, voters will be required to show a form of photo identification in the May primary.