McLean, VA (written by Catalina Camia/USA Today) -- A Pennsylvania judge is putting a halt to the state's voter identification requirements, ordering today that it not be enforced for the presidential election just five weeks away.
The ruling by Judge Robert Simpson could be appealed. Under the state law, voters must show a valid photo ID to cast a vote.
Simpson said during hearings last week that he was considering invalidating a part of the law for the Nov. 6 election. Pennyslvania, considered by some to be a swing state, has 20 electoral votes up for grabs. President Obama has been leading statewide opinion polls there, but Mitt Romney said during a recent campaign swing that he could win in the state.
Democrats and their allies, such as the NAACP, have been opposed to the voter ID law which Republicans have hailed as a way to reduce election fraud.