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Election Day Legal Fights Begin With Pennsylvania ID Ban



Individuals outside of the polls are prohibited from questioning, obstructing, interrogating or asking about any form of identification and/or demanding any form of identification from any prospective voter.

-Judge Guido A. DeAngelis

People outside a polling place near Pittsburgh were barred by a Pennsylvania judge from asking prospective voters for ID, one of several legal disputes in states where the final tallies may decide today’s presidential election, according to a Bloomberg news report.

Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral college votes, is one of nine states that passed laws requiring voters to show state- issued identification before casting a ballot. Seventeen states passed laws requiring voters to present some kind of photo ID. A Pennsylvania judge previously barred the state from enforcing the ID requirement in today’s election.

“Individuals outside of the polls are prohibited from questioning, obstructing, interrogating or asking about any form of identification and/or demanding any form of identification from any prospective voter,” according to a stamped copy of the ruling today by Judge Guido A. DeAngelis, provided by a Democratic Party lawyer. The order couldn’t be immediately confirmed in court records

In Columbus, Ohio, a Green Party candidate for one of the state’s 16 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives lost a bid for a court order blocking the use of electronic voting machines there that he claimed were susceptible to tampering.

Valerie Caras, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment on today’s order.

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