Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson, acting yesterday, upheld the new voter identification law in Pennsylvania. He stated that the petitioners against Act 18 have not clearly demonstrated that disenfranchisement of voters was immediate or inevitable.
His ruling will certainly be appealed to the state supreme court. That court has six elected justices, three of who are Republican, three of who are Democrat.
The Pennsylvania law does not necessarily require the acquiescence of the federal government as do election law changes in Texas, South Carolina and Florida where similar laws have recently passed.