The voter ID law is back in Commonwealth Court this morning, as the Judge in the case checks in with both sides for a status conference. The law’s opponents don’t plan on giving up the fight anytime soon. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is expected to layout the timeline for the remainder of the case, including the date when a final decision on the voter ID law could be made. “We’re probably looking at a year, year and a half to get to a final decision,” says ACLU Attorney Vic Walczak.
Judge Simpson’s October ruling only stopped the voter ID law for November 6th general election, which means the law is currently in effect and could be enforced in future elections. Walczak says the plaintiffs short-term goal is to block the law for the May primary.
“The best result would be to extend the injunction until the courts can consider the heavy duty constitutional issues involved here at an appropriate pace, rather than on a rocket docket,” says Walczak.
Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman says the Commonwealth’s formal voter ID education effort is over and it plans to forge ahead.