In Today’s Court Ruling Pennsylvania Voter Suppression Outrage Bites The Dust

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Reported today, a memorandum opinion, Applewhite v. Commonwealth, the latest judicial entry in the long battle for and against the 2012 amendments enacted by the Pennsylvania GOP-dominated legislature is a very good example of what we label a “game changer.” The court’s subtle decision enjoins but does not invalidate the state’s election law amendments setting out various and sundry voter ID requirements. So, for now, since Pennsylvania made obtaining a statutorily valid voter ID so onerous, they may not prevent any voter without that ID from voting on November 6th.

The law, however, will still be alive after November 6th. More court battles ahead, but for now, Pennsylvania’s obvious voter suppression law aimed at Democratic voters alone will not, as Republican State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai suggested in June 2012, “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”

Democracy, it seems, Mr. Turzai, is sometimes like a bucking bronco . . . and you ain’t the bronc.

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Michael Matheron

From Presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, I was a senior legislative research and policy staff of the nonpartisan Library of Congress Congressional Research Service (CRS). I'm partisan here, an "aggressive progressive." I'm a contributor to The Fold and Nation of Change. Welcome to They Will Say ANYTHING! Come back often! . . . . . Michael Matheron, contact me at

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