Pennsylvania just lost the fight against voter suppression – at least for now.
On Wednesday, Commonwealth Court Judge and Republican Robert Simpson refused to grant an injunction against the state’s GOP-led voter suppression law, which could hand the state over to Mitt Romney’s win column in the general election by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands, but probably closer to a million people, which was exactly its aim, according to State Senate Majority Leader Mike Turzai, who proclaimed:
“Voter ID — which is going to allow governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done.”
Simpson is a Republican judge and appears to be toeing the party line in his decision:
Simpson, a Republican, didn’t rule on the full merits of the case, only whether to grant a preliminary injunction stopping it from taking effect. He rejected claims that the law is unconstitutional and ruled that the challenge did not meet the stiff requirements to win an injunction.
“The statute simply gives poll workers another tool to verify that the person voting is who they claim to be,” Simpson said.
Yes, because voter fraud is so damn rampant – NOT. It’s scarcer than UFO sightings and death by lightning, by our numbers.
However, the ACLU is vowing to fight the decision by appealing to the state’s Supreme Court:
“We’re not done, it’s not over,” said Witold J. Walczak, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who helped argue the case for the plaintiffs. “It’s why they make appeals courts.”
It’s a never ending battle, but one that must be fought. Otherwise, the GOP a-holes are gonna run slip-shod over the electorate, and we’ve already endured eight years of that under George W. Bush.
The Stew will keep you posted as this story continues.