Voter ID, redistricting hearings to go live on TV

Posted: August 25, 2012

For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court plans to televise its proceedings live Sept. 13 when it hears oral arguments on two of its most controversial cases in years - a challenge to the state's new voter ID law and a second attempt to draft new boundaries for state House and Senate districts.

The hearings begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court's Philadelphia courtroom, Room 456 of City Hall, where seating is limited. They will be televised live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Last fall, the court let PCN tape its proceedings for subsequent telecast, but these hearings will be the first to be aired as they happen.

The voter ID law was upheld last week by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. Opponents contend that thousands of voters may be unable to obtain the photo ID required to vote at the polls in November.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court narrowly rejected a reapportionment map developed by a legislative commission, saying it divided too many counties, municipalities and wards. The same commission developed the new plan that now needs court approval. - Bob Warner

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