Judge Simpson said in his Tuesday ruling that for the presidential election of Nov. 6, voters in Pennsylvania could be asked to produce the newly required photo IDs, but if they did not have them could still go ahead and vote. The decision could still be appealed to the state Supreme Court. [New York Times]

REPUBLICAN-DOMINATED legislatures have been concentrating on voter I.D. laws with the same focus they’ve unleashed the war on women, which has backfired badly on Mitt Romney.

One of the worst voter I.D. laws was in Pennsylvania, which Judge Robert Simpson has now put on hold until after the presidential election.

“While we’re happy that voters in Pennsylvania will not be turned away if they do not have an ID, we are concerned that the ruling will allow election workers to ask for ID at the polls and this could cause confusion,” said Penda D. Hair, co-director of Advancement Project, one of the groups that challenged the law. “This injunction serves as a mere Band-Aid for the law’s inherent problems, not an effective remedy.”