A Pittsburgh judge on Friday barred enforcement of Pennsylvania’s voter-identification law for the Nov. 5 general election, as well as any election that may come before. State Judge Bernard McGinley’s preliminary injunction means Pennsylvania will again go the polls with no enforcement of the law – a different judge made similar ruling a month before the 2012 presidential election. In fact, the controversial law has never been implemented; it has languished in a legal limbo since Republican Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law in March of 2012.
Friday’s injunction is part of ongoing litigation trying to settle the matter – and agreed to by both parties. McGinley noted that he had not ruled on the voter ID law one way or the other only that the upcoming election was too close not to put off a ruling. He intends to rule before any elections after those this November for judicial, municipal and state legislature offices.
Gov. Corbett did not object to Friday’s ruling.
“During this summer’s trial regarding Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law, we made it clear to the court that the Commonwealth did not object to delaying the full implementation of photo ID requirements until after the November municipal election,” Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, Corbett’s press secretary, said in a statement. “Judge McGinley’s Order is consistent with our position.”