The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday sent the state's controversial voter identification law, which would require all voters at the polls to show a specific form of identification, back to a lower court for further consideration. The decision deferred judgment on a Republican-backed measure that Democrats say is intended to suppress minority and lower-income voters. Four of the court's six justices agreed that a lower-court judge, Robert Simpson, should hold new hearings to determine whether the state could distribute the necessary identification in time before the November election. Two justices dissented, arguing that it was clear that the government could not implement the law without disenfranchising some voters.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Everything you need to know about the voter ID controversy
- Let us now praise Billy Joel
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
Subscribe to the Week