by Jenna Poligo
On October 2, 2012 Judge Robert Simpson issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Pennsylvania’s photo identification requirement for the upcoming election. Judge Simpson, however, required the state to continue its 5 million dollar voter education program. In addition, the injunction does not bar the state from requiring poll workers to request identification prior to voters casting a vote. The injunction merely prohibits the state from preventing registered voters from voting if they fail to produce identification when asked on Election Day.
The continuation of the voter education program combined with the ability to ask voters to produce identification prior to voting runs the risk of creating serious confusion among voters. In addition, the continued message to voters that valid identification is necessary to vote may deter many would-be voters from participating in this election. Continue reading