The law was recently upheld in a decision by Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr., who wrote in a 70-page opinion that the law’s opponents had failed to demonstrate that voter disenfranchisement was “immediate or inevitable.” The law’s foes have pledged to appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is split 3-3 between Republicans and Democrats.
The Department of Justice has said it was investigating the law for compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Schultz wrote that all questions about the law’s compliance with the
Voting Rights Act had been answered by Simpson’s decision. In addition,
he said the United States Supreme Court ruled a similar voter ID law in
Indiana constitutional in 2008, thereby making the case a “matter of
While defending the law, state officials admitted that no one had ever been prosecuted in Pennsylvania for in-person voter ID fraud and that there was no evidence that voter ID fraud had ever occurred in the state.
In June, Mike Turzai, a Republican state legislator, made headlines when he said the new law would help Mitt Romney win Pennsylvania in November.