A 2012 Pennsylvania law that requires voters to show photo ID in order to vote has once again been blocked from being enforced during an upcoming election by a state judge on Friday.
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley has barred the law from going into effect until a trial determines a final decision regarding the law's validity. According to McGinley's injunction, poll workers may ask to see a voter's photo ID if they have it available and distribute information about the law. However, McGinley ruled that poll workers cannot tell voters that they may be required to show IDs in the future. "There is no value in inaccurate information, and the court does not deem inaccurate information 'educational,'" McGinley wrote in his decision. "It is not a matter of confusion - it is a matter of accuracy." The injunction will be in effect for the state's special November 5 State House election.
This is the third time Pennsylvania's voter ID law has been blocked. In October 2012, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court determined the state could not adequately provide free voter IDs as required by the law and therefore it could not go into effect before the November 2 presidential election after the state Supreme Court referred the case back to the lower court to determine its ability to comply.
Despite repeated judicial scrutiny, many other states have passed their own voter ID requirements. Most recently, North Carolina passed a law that requires voters to show photo id at the polls before being allowed to vote.
Media Resources: Associated Press 8/16/2013; New York Times 8/16/2013; Feminist Newswire 8/13/2013, 10/2/2012, 9/19/2012
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .