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Voter ID Law On Hold

A judge’s ruling Tuesday morning means, as of now, you will not need a photo ID to vote in next month’s presidential election.

The ruling by the commonwealth court judge appears to have stopped the controversial voter ID law from taking effect, at least for this election.

But the fight isn’t over yet. Even though a judge ruled that voters won’t need an ID next month in the presidential election, the whole dispute could still end up back before the state’s Supreme Court prior to Election Day, November 6.

But as of now, here’s what the ruling means:

  • When you show up to vote November, you will not have to bring a photo ID. 
  • Workers at the polling place can still ask you for a photo ID, but you won’t be required to show one in order to cast a ballot.  Basically, you’ll vote the same way you did back in May during the primary.

Supporters of the law believe requiring photo ID would prevent voter fraud.  However, opponents claim the law would discourage people from casting ballots. 

The ruling is likely to be appealed to the state’s Supreme Court.  

If you plan to vote in the upcoming general election, you’ll need to be registered by October 9.


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