The state Supreme Court has punted the controversial Voter ID case back to the state's Commonwealth Court for additional review, according to an order released this afternoon.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, in an Aug. 15 ruling rejecting a request for a preliminary injunction to keep the state's new Voter ID law from being used during the Nov. 6 general election, repeatedly mentioned a new form of identification being developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State for voters who were having trouble obtaining other types of state-approved legislation that will be needed to cast a ballot.
The Department of State started offering that new type of voter ID on Aug. 27. Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Department of State, said Monday the state has issued about about 9,000 new identification cards for voting purposes since the law was passed in March.
The Supreme Court, which heard an appeal of Simpson's ruling last Thursday, sent the case back to Commonwealth Court "to make a present assessment of the actual availability of the alternate identification cards on a developed record in light of the experience since the time the cards became available." The Supreme Court wants that done by Oct. 2.