The state appellate judge overseeing a new hearing on the voter ID law suggested as arguments closed this afternoon that he is considering halting a narrow section of that controversial law. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson interrogated attorneys from both sides as to how he could alter the photo identification requirement to prevent voter disenfranchisement. He focused largely on the section stating that anyone without a photo ID would be able to vote by provisional ballot, and that the ballot would be counted if they can show photo ID within six days of the election. “Provisional ballots seem to be the sticking point,” Judge Simpson said. “It’s not the smoothest part of [the law].”
The latest hearing, which began on Tuesday, is the result of a Supreme Court decision last week to send the case back for further review as to whether state officials have made it easy enough for those lacking proper ID to obtain an appropriate card. The case resumed this morning, with voters and activists relaying obstacles encountered in attempts to secure photo identification cards.