So here is my instant reaction to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the controversial voter screening law today. Just to recap, the Court decided by a 4-2 vote to…just send the case back to the original judge. Bold leadership.
In fairness, the Court determined that the lower court had failed to develop a proper record for whether or not the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of State had sufficiently implemented a program to protect the voting rights of citizens. Therefore they had to send the case down to the lower court to examine the facts and issue a ruling suspending the law if any disenfranchisement exists.
While opponents of the law are expressing pleasure today, the decision from the Court’s 3 Republicans joined by one Democrat also concluded that if the lower court finds no disenfranchisement — which lifelong Republican Judge Robert Simpson already did once — then the voter screening law can stand. So maybe there’s not that much reason to cheer today.