Judge: Pa. can advertise halted photo ID law

While a controversial voter ID law in Pennsylvania won't go in effect this election, an appellate court judge has ruled that the state can continue with publicity campaigns that refer to photo ID. 

On buses, an ad displays a photo ID with “SHOW IT” in big block lettering. In smaller type, it says photo ID is not mandatory. Critics say the ads will confuse voters.

The same judge who earlier this month blocked the photo ID law from taking effect denied a petition to bar the ad campaign. The civil rights groups involved "never offered credible proof" that the ads would cause disenfranchisement, he wrote. 

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled last month that the photo ID requirement could not go into effect at this point, because state had not made enough progress in supplying photo IDs to those who lack them.

 

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