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Voter ID law nearing last hurdle

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

State Supreme Court begins proceedings tomorrow

The state Supreme Court tomorrow will debate the new legislative redistricting plan – an updated version of the one rejected in January – and the new Voter ID law – which was upheld recently in Harrisburg.

The proceedings in Philadelphia will be viewable live on Pennsylvania Cable Network.

While redistricting is, by its very nature, a topic for debate, the Voter ID law has already been effectively enacted, but is under serious pressure with the coming of the November elections.

The ID law requires voters to bring photo identification cards acceptable to the state to verify their registered voter status. Some estimate as many as 11 percent of Pennsylvania voters currently lack such forms of ID and may find it expensive or challenging to obtain.

Reactions from a number of local organization representatives, including some in the Northampton County Elections office, League of Women Voters and Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, have ranged from neutral to outraged.

Republican legislators have come close to publicly admitting the law is designed to favor right-leaning voters, and enacting it is not without logistical and bureaucratic complications.

Will the state Supreme Will the state Supreme Court support Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson's decision to uphold the law, or overturn it?

According to a PCN press release, live television coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and will follow through both ID and redistricting proceedings. Online coverage of this session will also be made available through PCN Select, a subscription streaming service offered by PCN. For more information on the service, visit