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
- Russia's giant spy ship was a high-tech disaster waiting to happen
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- America created the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? Meet the ISIS 'truthers'
- 10 things you need to know today: September 2, 2014
- The Obama era is over. The presidency continues.
- How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy
- Fall movie guide: All the films you should see in September
- 11 scientific studies that will restore your faith in humanity
- The 10 best networking tips for people who hate networking
- Scottish independence is another financial crisis waiting to happen
Subscribe to the Week