WASHINGTON -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether that state can enforce its new photo ID law for the November election, as it told a trial judge to take a skeptical look at whether registered voters will be denied the right to cast a ballot.
The judge must assure "there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the ID requirement," the state justices said.
The 4-2 decision is a tentative victory for voting rights advocates who have asserted the new requirement will keep tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians from voting this year.
The two dissenting justices said they would have gone further and struck down the law immediately.
The Pennsylvania Legislature, controlled by Republicans, adopted the new photo ID requirement this year and said that only a current, government-issued photo ID with an expiration date would qualify. A driver's license or valid U.S. passport would suffice.
But this summer, the state reported that more 750,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania did not have an acceptable ID and could face the loss of their voting rights.